Masters of the Lost Land: The Untold Story of the Amazon and the Violent Fight for the World's Last Frontier

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Mariner Books
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6.37 X 9.23 X 1.37 inches | 1.38 pounds

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About the Author

Heriberto Araújo is an investigative journalist, author, and speaker. He has reported from Paris, Beijing, and most recently Rio de Janeiro, covering international politics and the environment. His work on the Amazon rain forest has been published by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and The South China Morning Post and has earned a Pulitzer Center grant. His two previous books, on China's global rise, have been translated into twelve languages.


"Gripping. ... Araujo's accretion of detail has a powerful effect, demonstrating how deeply the culture of violence has seeped into the social fabric of Amazonia -- and how hard it will be to eradicate." -- New York Times Book Review

"A raw account of the critical struggle between law and lawlessness on the world's last great frontier." -- Christian Science Monitor

"A gripping true crime mystery that transports readers into the heart of the Amazon to witness the human toll of its destruction and the incredible will of its people to fight for the future of this unique place - and the planet. Masterfully reported and engagingly written, this is a must-read." -- Greg Grandin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The End of Myth

"A powerful reminder of the challenges of protecting what Araujo rightly calls a strategic climate region blackened by 'the dual flames of fire and lawlessness.'" -- Financial Times

"Intriguing. ... A harrowing and deeply researched report from the front lines of the battle for the Amazon." -- Publishers Weekly

"Excellent. ... An arresting examination of the history of extreme deforestation and violence in the Brazilian Amazon." -- Kirkus Reviews

"[A] compelling and forensically researched piece of investigative reporting. ... [With] more twists and turns than a Hollywood spy thriller. ... [A] devastating dissection of impunity in practice - and the efforts of a brave few to fight back." -- The Spectator (UK)

"With a journalist's insight and a scholar's scrutiny, Heriberto Araujo tells the timeless story of dominance, displacement, murder and social injustice that drive large-scale environmental destruction. Masters of the Lost Land documents an Amazonian version of one culture suppressing another through violence, force, and corruption. On the surface, Araujo's case study offers more understanding of the past than hope for the future, yet its central heroine provides the kind of inspiration needed to break the cycle of frontier corruption and destruction." -- Roman Dial, bestselling author of The Adventurer's Son

"Masters of the Lost Land is journalism at its absolute best, made even more impressive when one considers the obstacles, obfuscation and threats so often encountered there when trying to ferret out the truth. I've often suspected that the modern history of the Amazon parallels the 19th- century cattle wars and gold rushes of the American West: it has, but in overdrive. This is an essential book, and my only criticism is selfish - that it wasn't around earlier (to make my own writing easier)." -- Joe Jackson, author of The Thief at the End of the World: Rubber, Power, and the Seeds of Empire

"Readers interested in climate change and ecology will discover these abstractions illuminated through the everyday and the individual." -- Booklist

"Heriberto Araujo, drawing on his years of research, has written an essential journalistic account of the murder, mayhem and mind-boggling corruption surrounding the assault on the Amazon. It is a compelling account of an ongoing natural catastrophe." -- Dr. Gary Sick, Columbia University, Board Member of Human Rights Watch (emeritus)

"A tour de force. Araujo's masterful reporting from the frontlines in the war for the world's most important tropical biome should be required reading for policy makers, and for anyone who cares about the fight for social and environmental justice for Amazonia's forest peoples." -- Dr. Jeremy M. Campbell, author of Conjuring Property: Speculation and Environmental Futures in the Brazilian Amazon

"Heriberto Araujo does a significant service to Amazonia by providing a look into the social hell that accompanies the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. ... No one can read this account without coming to the conclusion that we must prevent such events from continuing. Perhaps this book will help achieve this end, and for this we owe thanks to Heriberto Araujo and to all those who risked their lives to tell their experiences to him." -- Philip M. Fearnside, research professor at the National Institute for Research in Amazonia (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil