The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First-Century Amazon

The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First-Century Amazon

A sweeping look at the war over the Amazon--as activists, locals, and indigenous tribes struggle to save it from the threat of loggers, drug lords, and corrupt cops and politicians

Following doctors and detectives, environmental activists and indigenous tribes, The Third Bank of the River traces the history of the Amazon from the arrival of the first Spanish flotilla to the drones that are now mapping unexplored parts of the forest. Grounded in rigorous firsthand reporting and in-depth research, Chris Feliciano Arnold reveals a portrait of Brazil and the Amazon that is complex, bloody, and often tragic.

During the 2014 world cup, an isolated Amazon tribe emerged from the rain forest on the misty border of Peru and Brazil, escaping massacre at the hands of loggers who wanted their land. A year later, in the jungle capital of Manaus, a bloody weekend of reprisal killings inflame a drug war that has blurred the line between cops and kingpins. Both events reveal the dual struggles of those living in and around the world's largest river. As indigenous tribes lose their ancestral culture and territory to the lure and threat of the outside world, the question arises of how best to save isolated tribes: Keep them away from the modern world or make contact in an effort to save them from extinction? As Brazil looks to be a world leader in the twenty-first century, this magnificent and vast region is mired in chaos and violence that echoes the atrocities that have haunted the rain forest since Europeans first traveled its waters.

Title:The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First-Century Amazon
ISBN:9781250098948
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About Chris Feliciano Arnold

Chris Feliciano Arnold has written essays and journalism for The Atlantic, Harper's, Foreign Policy, Outside, Vice News, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Folha de S. Paulo, Salon, McSweeney's, The Millions and more. His fiction has been published in Playboy, The Kenyon Review, Ecotone and other magazines. His work has been noted in The Best Americ


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  • Brent

    Arnold, adopted as a child from Brazil, returns as a journalist, and captures much cultural conflict, crime, and ferment in clear journalism and memoir. Many stories intertwine: gang wars, the death o...

  • Lou

    You just can’t make these things up, the whole terribleness within, the corruption, the crimes, this narrative, truth things that past and still go on upon this earth.Reporting with plenty of heart ...

  • Oona

    Terrific combination of reportage and roots narrative. An up-to-date look at the world of LOST CITY OF Z. ...

  • Kim Bakos

    I wanted to read this since everyone knows how important the Amazon is to the whole planet. You can't be a parent and not know "the Amazon is the lungs of Earth". But like many educational books, it i...

  • Mehdi Okasi

    I so enjoyed this book! It’s not only a vivid and urgent history of Brazil and it’s progress into the 21st century, but it’s told with a voice at once intimate and searching, which made this rea...

  • Jay

    Written by my son's college friend. He covered several different aspects of Brazil; many of which will discourage you from wanting to visit. The author had more nerves than the average tourist. Think ...

  • RedandGonzo

    Arnold seamlessly weaves his experiences with history of the people and cultures of Brazil. I didn’t expect to learn so much about Brazil, and I was captivated from beginning to end.Arnold’s writi...

  • Matt

    Awesome job weaving journalism and personal experiences into something educational, pleasurably readable, and relevant all at the same time. ...