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The Wasting of Borneo by Alex Shoumatoff
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Apr 11, 2017 | ISBN 9780807078242

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“Seasoned travel and environmental journalist Shoumatoff offers an in-depth and intimate chronicle of the threats big business imposes on the planet’s fragile biodiversity.”

“Shoumatoff’s radiant prose and overarching story achieves the highest possible marks. If you never thought the subject of ecology could be gripping, then you need to hold on to your seat as intrepid Shoumatoff and crew plunge with keen eye into tropical foliage.”
The Millbrook Independent

“Alex Shoumatoff is a pure gonzo naturalist, the love child of Bruce Chatwin and Hunter Thompson. The Wasting of Borneo is an important book about human greed, climate change, and animism (among many other serious matters), and a head-spinning trip to the furthest reaches of the known world.”
—Russell Banks, author of The Sweet Hereafter

“Like all major authors, Shoumatoff’s eloquent narrative is informed by the seminal landscapes that have shaped his life, the perspectives from which his engaging encounters with the natural world are revealed. The Wasting of Borneo affirms what occurs when humanity—because of its lethal consumerism—abandons its loving connection to and reverence for that which sustains it, a subject forcefully conveyed as the fragile voice of the natural world dashes toward an eerie silence.”
—Bernie Krause, author of The Great Animal Orchestra

“Alex Shoumatoff has written a book that, while providing serious discussions and statistics concerning the destruction of Borneo’s ancient tropical rain forests, is nonetheless an entertaining romp through the jungle. Shoumatoff intersperses hilarious anecdotes with such skill that they detract in no way from his clear and powerful depiction of one of the greatest conservation tragedies of our time. A great read!”
—Biruté Mary Galdikas, author of Reflections of Eden

“As often in his long and valuable career, Alex Shoumatoff has made visible a part of the world that too few of us pay attention to. This is a vital landscape and culture, imperiled by consumer demand for hundreds of products; the story should not be ignored.”
—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

“Shoumatoff’s book will make you experience both animals and nature with all your senses. Smell and sound may be more important than vision. Perceive animals in a new way.”
—Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Thinking in Pictures

“Weaving in lifetimes’ worth of adventures and experiences, Alex Shoumatoff tells the sad tale of Borneo, whose rich indigenous cultures, majestic forests, and stunning wildlife have been decimated by unrelenting demand for bulk commodities like timber and palm oil. Through colorful anecdotes and stories from orangutan conservationists, passionate activists, and tribal leaders, Shoumatoff personalizes these losses, making Borneo’s tragedy relevant to us all.”
—Rhett A. Butler, founder of the conservation news web site

Table Of Contents


The Education of an Animist

Wonder Wandering

Learning from the Animals

Vanishing Edens



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