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Searching for El Dorado: A Journey Into the South American Rainforest on the Tail of the World's Largestgold Rush

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Publisher Comments:

The search for the lost City of Gold in the Amazon basin has inspired adventurers since the days of the Spanish conquistadors and Sir Walter Raleigh. Intrigued by the cultural, economic, and environmental fallout of a five-hundred-year gold rush, journalist Marc Herman traveled to the rainforests of Guyana, where he joined up with a rowdy crew of local gold-miners as they pursued their dreams of riches.

In an adventure-filled narrative rich with humor and empathy, Herman brings to life the group of miners. They are independent prospectors who wear all their earnings on their fingers and around their necks ? their bank accounts are oversized rings and huge gold necklaces. But yards away from the mines where these men seek their fortunes with techniques reminiscent of California?s forty-niners ? dynamite, tin pans, and wooden sluices ? there are mines run by international corporations that fail to alleviate the area?s poverty despite their tremendous technological and political power.

Searching for El Dorado is an astonishing achievement, a lively, humor-filled adventure full of colorful people and incidents wrapped around an eye-opening look at the contemporary colonialism that is enough to make you question the value of gold.

Review:

"Each sentence transports us immediately into the jungle, the mine or some dry- goods store deep in the Amazon?.Thanks to his gift for reporting, Herman also captures the disarray that persists in the Amazon, especially in Guyana, where he spends most of his time...."John Freeman, San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Herman's book is as playful and rangy as his journalism, mixing history, environmental critiques, and swift-moving descriptions of a circuslike cast of local gold diggers. Parts of Searching have the gleeful momentum of an adventure story, complete with river pirates and prospectors who settle disputes without the law...." Michael Miller, Village Voice

Book News Annotation:

The 500-year-old quest for gold in the Amazon continues to fuel an industry of corporate and independent prospectors. Intrigued by the Amazon gold industry's cultural, economic, and environmental impact, Herman follows miners into the rainforests of Guyana providing a narrative portrait of the rowdy prospectors who wear their earnings as rings and necklaces, and whose antiquated mining techniques are reminiscent of California's forty-niners. Herman is a journalist whose work has appeared in Mother Jones and . The book has no subject index. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Marc Herman's work has appeared in publications including Mother Jones, Spin, Harper's, and McSweeney's. He first earned an enthusiastic following for his coverage of the 1996 elections for Might Magazine. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385502528
Author:
Herman, Marc
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Rain forests
Subject:
Guyana
Subject:
Gold mines and mining
Subject:
Venezuela
Subject:
Amazon River Region
Subject:
El dorado
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
33
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.57x6.01x.93 in. .89 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Nan A. Talese - English 9780385502528 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Each sentence transports us immediately into the jungle, the mine or some dry- goods store deep in the Amazon?.Thanks to his gift for reporting, Herman also captures the disarray that persists in the Amazon, especially in Guyana, where he spends most of his time...."
"Review" by , "Herman's book is as playful and rangy as his journalism, mixing history, environmental critiques, and swift-moving descriptions of a circuslike cast of local gold diggers. Parts of Searching have the gleeful momentum of an adventure story, complete with river pirates and prospectors who settle disputes without the law...."
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