The Ragged Edge of the World: Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands, and Indigenous Peoples Meet
by Eugene Linden
Viking / On Sale Date: March 17, 2011
“Thoughtful and compelling”
“The Ragged Edge of the World is a call to arms – albeit one that may already be too late, given humankind’s astonishing ability to destroy the environment. It underlines the need for those organisations most concerned with understanding the natural world and its fragile complexities to do much more to reverse the tide.”
“A well-rendered but disheartening tale of a life’s work documenting the ‘human and animal detritus left behind in the aftermath of the advancing armies of the consumer society’”
“Linden’s involving and provocative dispatches and discerning long view offer piercing insights into how very difficult it is to protect ecosystems and traditional cultures, and how terribly impoverished we will be as so many wondrous species and invaluable forms of indigenous knowledge, much far beyond science in understanding nature, vanish.”
“Linden provides an original look at globalization and its impact on various cultures and species throughout the world. Anyone interested in global environmental issues will find this book informative. Highly recommended for its readability and content.”
For over thirty years Eugene Linden has traveled the world researching his books and writing for National Geographic, Time, and many other publications, on nature and the environment. While these trips were prompted by diverse writing assignments, all were informed by a singular hunger: a desire to see the places where modernity and tradition collide. In his book, THE RAGGED EDGE OF THE WORLD: Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands, and Indigenous Peoples Meet (Viking; $26.95; 256 pages; ISBN 978-0-670-2251-9; On-sale March 21, 2011) award-winning author and environmental journalist Linden puts a human face on globalism by examining how various cultures around the world are succumbing to—or resisting—modernity.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eugene Linden is the author of seven books, including The Winds of Change and The Parrot’s Lament And Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence, and Ingenuity. For many years, Linden wrote about global environmental issues for Time and has contributed to The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Fortune, and Slate.