From the back cover:
Discover the vast riches of the rain forest.
The vanishing rain forest has emerged as a symbol of our troubled environment. But how much do we really know about this fragile, exquisitely beautiful, and profoundly misunderstood ecosystem? Since the sixteenth century, when explorers first came in search of El Dorado, people have sought to exploit its elusive riches. Today, Amazonia faces extinction at the hands of a new breed of fortune hunter: developers.
In fascinating detail, Roger D. Stone writes of the history, ecology, politics, and economics of this endlessly alluring region. With expertise and insight, he addresses the question of how Amazonia can be preserved and be economically viable at the same time.
"Stone is more than a good traveler and an inviting writer ... He offers an up-to-date and documented account based on history both human and natural." - Scientific American