Searching for El Dorado: A Journey into the South American

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Searching for El Dorado: A Journey into the South American Rainforest on the Tail of the World's Largest Gold Rush The book was biased against Guyana from the beginning, and was only brief snapshots of the culture and country based on the author s relatively short visits Written from an outsider s view point, he understands little of colonialism s aftermath with no attempt at a balanced view just the bleak and the mud It seemed that he only attempted to get to know locals who supported his view, or because of his obvious distain for the country, brought out the worst of those he did meet In Guyanese culture, his attitude and the obvious chip on his shoulder would have, at best, caused people to treat him with indifference and distain.Of course the Omai cyanide spill was terrible and inexcusable, but the author didn t even handle that very well The aftermath and effect on the lives of the people living downstream was essentially uninvestigated.When he flew to Kaiteur falls, he didn t even see what I consider one of the most beautiful places on earth its grandure as lovely or to have much, if any, value For a journalist I didn t think that he was very good at his craft But he did make a few points that made the read worthwhile People living on top of the worlds gold and diamond reserves are the poorest people on earth Digging and processing gold is expensive, distructive, creates loss of life and environment, and is not worth the effort there is easily accessable gold on top of the earth in our jewel boxes and in our pawn shops Mine that not what s still in the earth. This book was very interesting I learned a lot from it The authors style was easy to read and absorb. Very interesting balanced look at the realities and complexities surrounding problems faced by poorer resource centered third world countries This work started from the author s inquisitiveness about a gold rush in South America He actually followed up on his questions and went to Guyana multiple times getting first hand perspectives from local people living in the remote areas, wildcat miners, large multinational mining companies, environmental NGO s, and representatives of the Guyanese government This made for a thorough interesting read as the issues associated with gold mining on the remote edges of rainforest unfolded Herman tackled the issue as a reporter vs laying out a clear agenda on how actors should proceed From his writing you find his conclusion that there is neither a moral nor economic perspective that he thinks is clearly the best or should take precedent He prefers to lay out competing perspectives and force the reader to formulate their own thoughts on the matter Interesting difficult subject also faced many other poor resource based economies As such I found it a good topic to learn about and ponder over. Really informative I didn t know anything about Guyana until reading this book. The search for the lost City of Gold in thebasin 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. ➹ [Read] ➵ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space By Muriel Dimen ➼ – 9facts.co.uk economic ❮Download❯ ➵ Insight and Interpretation Author Roy Schafer – 9facts.co.uk and environmental fallout of a five hundred year gold rush ➼ [Reading] ➾ Good People in an Evil Time By Svetlana Broz ➱ – 9facts.co.uk journalist Marc Herman traveled to the rainforests of Guyana ❰Reading❯ ➼ On a Day Like This Author Peter Stamm – 9facts.co.uk 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 [PDF] ✎ Heart to Start ✐ Derek Handley – 9facts.co.uk 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 ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Light without Fire By Scott Korb ⚣ – 9facts.co.uk tin pans ❰EPUB❯ ✺ Secrecy Author Rupert Thomson – 9facts.co.uk 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 [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Silence and the Roar By Nihad Sirees – 9facts.co.uk a lively ☀ [PDF / Epub] ★ Hard Country By Robin Robilliard ✍ – 9facts.co.uk 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.