The Santa Barbara News-Press reviewed The Third Bank of the River in its Friday, July 6th issue: "A passionate, complicated and important account of life in the modern Brazilian Amazon basin.... It weaves a huge number of stories, from the political to the historical to the environmental to the personal, into a large tapestry that presents a striking picture of a country on the edge."
In a starred review, Shelf Awareness calls The Third Bank of the River "an enlightening narrative that will forever change your perception of the Amazon as an idyllic oasis."
You can read the entire review in the July 3rd issue here.
The San Francisco Chronicle recommends The Third Bank of the River in its Sunday, June 24th issue: “Arnold’s ambitious first book is a journey of discovery.”
Chris joined Rose Aguilar on KALW San Francisco's One Planet program to discuss some dark chapters in Brazilian (and Californian) history—and the darkness presently unfolding on the southern U.S. border. You can hear the full conversation here, or watch the video below.
The San Francisco Chroncile reviews The Third Bank of the River in its Sunday, June 17th issue. “Arnold has crafted a thrilling page-turner while delving into topics that often bypass Brazil’s mainstream media," writes Bruno Garcez of BBC World Service. "The Third Bank of the River ultimately stands out as an important book for Americans looking to better understand the glorious and troubled nation to their south ― in all its complexity."
You can read the full review here.
The Sunday, June 10th issue of The San Francisco Chronicle spotlights the first sentence of The Thrid Bank of the River among other "Grabbers" from new books.
"It was high noon on July 18, 2014 when our 767 touched down at Eduardo Gomes International, the godfather of all jungle airstrips, cut dead center in the Amazon, and waypoint to a city of 2 million people."
Read more here.
Chris sat down with Jonathan Capehart to discuss The Third Bank of the River on Midday on WNYC.
"He takes a close look at the war over the Amazon River, as activists, locals and indigenous tribes struggle to save it from the threat of loggers, drug lords, and corrupt cops and politicians."
CrimeReads has published an exclusive excerpt of The Third Bank of the River, diving into organized crime, private prisons and the rise of the Família do Norte in the Amazon.
"Every Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of women and children in the capital crowd into northbound buses, lumbering along BR-174, that strip of patchy highway that runs 2,234 miles straight to Venezuela. It’s a long, hot ride, past the Pioneer factory, the Whirlpool factory, the SC Johnson factory, the luxury golf resort, the landfill where cell phone signals flutter and the rumble of logging trucks scatters the vultures picking through the refuse before it gets buried."
Read more here.
CrimeReads lists The Third Bank of the River among its 10 Essential True Crime Books for June.
"The villains of The Third Bank of the River are as likely to be legally sanctioned in their destruction of environment and community as they are to be working towards profitable ends on the down-low."
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Booklist reviews The Third Bank of the River in its May 15h issue: “Arnold pulls few punches in this sobering account of the unfolding genocidal threat, adding another dark layer to the urgent story environmentalists are already telling about how the logging of rain forests is playing a drastically destructive role in climate change."
In the June issue of Men's Journal, Chris talks with J.R. Sullivan about capitalism and crime in the Amazon rain forest.
"The Third Bank of the River chronicles [Arnold's] three-year effort to understand the Amazon as it exists today," writes Sullivan. "Through exhaustive research and firsthand reporting, he reveals how drug lords, loggers, politicians, and tribe leaders have shaped the region, weaving together stories hundreds of years old and others he watched unfold, and explores the myriad of issues facing the people who live there."
You can read the full article here.
"Arnold draws much-needed attention to crime without punishment in a remote―but not invisible―part of the world," writes Kirkus of The Third Bank of the River.
Read the full pre-publication review here.
"Arnold draws on his extensive reporting in the Brazilian Amazon and joins it with history, memoir, and travel writing in this well-crafted debut," writes Publisher's Weekly. "The reader leaves with a newfound understanding of the diversity, complexity, and corruption to be found in the modern Amazon."
Read the first pre-publication review of The Third Bank of the River in this week's issue of Publishers Weekly.
Chris Feliciano Arnold sold his debut, The Third Bank of the River: Life and Death in the 21st-Century Amazon, to P.J. Horoszko at Picador, who preempted world rights from Richard Florest of Rob Weisbach Creative Management. The book is a work of narrative nonfiction combining literary reportage, travel writing, and memoir. Arnold has contributed to Harper’s, the Atlantic, and the Los Angeles Times;