American-born Catholic missionary nun Dorothy Stang spent 30 years serving the poor in lawless areas of the Amazon rain forest, fighting for their basic human rights amid the fraud and corruption of Brazil's land wars. She established schools, taught sustainable farming, and lived as poorly as the people-"her people," she called them-she so loved. When she testified at a government panel investigating illegal incursions into protected areas, Sister Dorothy began receiving death threats from angry loggers, wealthy landowners, and others. Her 2005 assassination on an Amazon road by hired gunmen sparked a worldwide outcry. British author and lecturer Le Breton (Trapped: Modern-Day Slavery in the Brazilian Amazon) is an environmental activist who has spent many years in Brazil and who, with her husband, runs a rainforest research center there. Through compelling writing and interviews with those who knew Sister Dorothy, she here outlines the saga of this courageous modern martyr. While Roseanne Murphy's Martyr of the Amazon: The Life of Sister Dorothy Stangappeared late last year, Le Breton's work focuses on the social and environmental aspects of her subject's ultimate sacrifice. Recommended for all collections and deserving of a wide readership.
Anna M. Donnelly
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