Amazon Stranger: A Rainforest Chief Battles Big Oilby Mike Tidwell
Deep in the jungles of Ecuador live the Cofan people, a so-called primitive clan little changed over the centuries. Their leader has led the Cofan in a cagey, media-wise, and sometimes hostile struggle against an uninvited new neighbor - Big Oil. This leader, this "Amazon Stranger," is an American named Randy Borman. Author Mike Tidwell spent many months with the… See more details below
Deep in the jungles of Ecuador live the Cofan people, a so-called primitive clan little changed over the centuries. Their leader has led the Cofan in a cagey, media-wise, and sometimes hostile struggle against an uninvited new neighbor - Big Oil. This leader, this "Amazon Stranger," is an American named Randy Borman. Author Mike Tidwell spent many months with the Cofan people and with Borman - and returned with this riveting tale.Amazon Stranger is the story of a man obsessed with the jungle and desperate to save it and its people. It is an unforgettable book, written with vividness and drama by a superb investigative reporter. (6 x 9, 224 pages, maps)
Eastern Ecuador perhaps defines the notion of biodiversity, a natural habitat agog with every manner of creature, and the home of the Cofán Indians. It is also the resting place of petroleum products, which Texaco wished to exploit as far back as 1965 and which are now eyed covetously by the Texas-based Maxus oil group. Tidwell paid a visit to the rainforest to gauge the effects of ecotourism and fell for the place wholesale, rapt in the "macaws and kapok trees, dolphins and sherbert butterflies." He was equally smitten by Randy Borman, son of white missionaries and now leader of the Zabalo Cofán, and his efforts to protect the diminished Cofán acreage from further assault by oil interests. But this is not just a David against Goliath storythough it is a blow-by-blow account of the canny Cofán challenge to forays by the government-controlled Petroecuador into their territory. It is also the sad tale of ruined Indian villages, where wildlife was out and oil spills were in. Amid all the mayhem caused by the oil companies, Tidwell treats readers to the episodic theater of the jungle, with one fantastic siting tripping over another. By turns wry, morose, upbeat, and blue, Tidwell writes with admirable restraint (it must have been hard not to go ballistic when confronted with all the outrages) and with an appealing personal touch: He was always crushed when the quixotic Borman treated him brusquely.
A tale with enough punch to turn a few heads and enough storytelling talent to keep the converted charmed.
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- First edition
- Product dimensions:
- 5.98(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >