Saving America's Amazon: The Threat to Our Nation's Most Biodiverse River System

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10.0 X 9.6 X 0.6 inches | 1.75 pounds

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About the Author

Ben Raines is an award winning environmental journalist with the Mobile Press Register. He lives with his wife and son in Fairhope, Alabama.
Edward Osborne (E.O.) Wilson is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist, and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he has been called the world's leading expert. Wilson has been called the father of sociobiology and biodiversity, the fields of his environmental advocacy. He is Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus in Entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, a lecturer at Duke University, and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is a Humanist Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction (On Human Nature in 1979 and The Ants in 1991) and author of New York Times bestsellers The Social Conquest of Earth, Letters to a Young Scientist, and The Meaning of Human Existence. He is the author of twenty-five books and four hundred scientific articles. Wilson is still active in field research, writing, and conservation work. In his later years, he has focused on the exceptional biodiversity of his native Alabama. He lives with his wife, Irene, in Lexington, Massachusetts.


Ben Raines is a gifted journalist whose work is informed by hard experience and deep passion. Saving America's Amazon is an eloquent cri de coeur for one of the world's most extraordinary natural wonders. -- John Sledge, author of The Mobile River and The Gulf of Mexico: A Maritime History
With a seasoned reporter's expert instincts, Ben Raines gives this hotspot of biological diversity the credit it's due... This book is a gift to Alabama and to the nation. -- Tim Palmer, author and photographer of America's Great River Journeys, Rivers of America, and other books
What a fine volume! This book on one of America's great overlooked natural treasures reminds us that we need to make sure it is preserved intact, for our world needs all the biodiversity it can find. -- Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
In this eloquent book about one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth, Ben Raines writes with a compelling urgency that is both justifiable and heartfelt, reminding us that the quality of human life is inseparable from the ecological health of a place. -- Jack E. Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea