This is a true story of a death foretold. To tell it, journalist Binka Le Breton traveled to the infamous Parrot's Beak on the outskirts of the Amazon rain forest, deep in the Brazilian wild west where the world's last great land grab is still taking place. Recouping the events surrounding the assassination of Padre Josimo, a black priest internationally recognized for his role in the struggle of impoverished squatters for land, Le Breton captures a unique grass roots view of the turbulent social fabric of rural Brazil - large landowners, wealthy speculators, politicians, pistoleiros, peasants, and on both sides, the Catholic Church, torn between ancient ritual and contemporary Liberation Theology, heeding the cries of the poor and calling for justice. Last year, there were 47 land-related murders in rural Brazil. A Land to Die For illuminates our understanding of the complexities and tragedies that mark this process of transition from feudal to capitalist economies - a process suffered worldwide by countries caught in the coils of development. But this is not another theoretical tract or statistical survey on the urgent land reform issue. This is its real-life agony, measured in blood.
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Meet the Author
Binka Le Breton
BINKA LE BRETON runs the Iracambi Rainforest Research Center, lectures and broadcasts internationally on rainforest and human rights topics. She is also president of Amigos de Iracambi, and in her spare time writes books.