Darkness in El Dorado

Darkness in El Dorado

How Scientists and Journalists Devastated the Amazon

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Baker & Taylor
Examines the destructive impact of journalists, anthropologists, and scientists on the Yamomami Indians, one of the Amazon basin's oldest tribes, whose internecine warfare was triggered by repeated visits by the world's leading anthropologists and by the Atomic Energy Commission's plans to use the tribe in radiation studies. 15,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
A finalist for the 2000 National Book Award in non-fiction. What Guns, Germs, and Steel did for colonial history, this book will do for present-day anthropology. Darkness in El Dorado is an explosive account of how ruthless journalists, self-serving anthropologists, and obsessed scientists placed one of the Amazon basin's oldest tribes on the cusp of extinction. First coming to prominence in the 1960s, the "savage" Yanomami Indians were the subject of anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon's multi-million-copy bestseller Yanomamo: The Fierce People and many award-winning films. These exemplars of human ferocity, however, did not arrive at such dispositions naturally. Patrick Tierney describes how the Yanomami's internecine warfare was triggered by repeated visits of leading anthropologists from around the world as well as by the Atomic Energy Commission, which wished to use Yanomami blood in radiation studies in the mid-1960s. This is an epic, compelling work, sure to shake the very foundations of American anthropology.

Book News
This book is at the center of considerable controversy. Tierney (visiting scholar at U. of Pittsburgh) spent 11 years writing it. His subject is the activity of Napoleon Chagnon and other preeminent anthropologists who, in the 1960s, encountered and described a remote tribe inhabiting the jungles and highlands of Venezuela and Brazil; and Tierney's claim is that these anthropologists not only grossly misrepresented the Yanomami, but exploited and damaged them as well. In response to the book, the president of the National Academy of Sciences issued a detailed statement that specifically (and convincingly) identifies "misleading and inaccurate information about Academy activities, the nature of the Edmonston B Vaccine, and a deceased member of the Academy...." Tierney's book makes a scathing case, but not if his facts are inaccurate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Examines the destructive impact of journalists, anthropologists, and scientists on the Yanomami Indians, one of the Amazon Basin's oldest tribes.

Publisher: New York : Norton, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393049220
0393049221
Branch Call Number: 981.1 Tie
981.1 Tie
Characteristics: xxvii, 417 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., 1 map ; 25 cm

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