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Deep Jungle Hardcover – 2 May 2005

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Eden Project Books; First Edition, First Impression edition (2 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190391955X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903919552
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.7 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The companion to the major PBS nature series, this book takes us deep into the heart of the jungle.

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Companion to a major, international, big-budget, high-tech series for ITV1, this book will take us right into the heart of the jungle.

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I enjoyed the TV series of this and wasn't sure how the book would compare. The writers have done a great job, it is well worth the value for money.
It shows the history of Europeans discovering jungle areas, myths, expeditions, locals tribes and customs, Rainforst plants, Diseases, Scientific discoveries, newley discovered species and much, much more.
Deep Jungle is a very interesting read and definately recommended.
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This book manages to be both a beautiful coffee-table book and an insightful, well-written exploration of the rainforest, taking a machete to the simplistic diagnoses we find in the popular press. Fred Pearce, environment correspondent for New Scientist, has done some proper science writing here. 

So the book is full of surprises. 
1. Wind back the clock a thousand years, and jungles were the home of sophisticated civilisations. This is not just true of modern-day tourist honeypots like Ankor Wat or the Mayans. Nigeria's jungles hosted cities and empires; so did the Amazon. Fred Pearce cites linguistic studies, the beginnings of jungle archeology, and the nature of the soil and the  trees planted, to show that people were working this land, despite the Western world not knowing about them. 

2. These civilisations  collapsed, perhaps because of the encounter with Europeans and their diseases. Remnants went off into the forest. So the standard Western model of the jungle -- 'pristine' rainforest and 'stone-age tribes untouched since the dawn of civilisation' -- is wrong. People have gardened, or farmed, or still better, stewarded, the jungle for centuries, and with rather more success than we managed in the 20th century.

3. Much of what is going on today thanks to the chain-saw and the hunt for ever-more-scarce bush-meat is economically rational for the people doing it.

4. Many of the suggested solutions to deforestation haven't worked. Selling traditional remedies to drug corporations is good, even vital for the future of humanity, but has tended not to benefit indigenous people, or stop rainforest destruction. National parks are hard to enforce.
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Brilliant, thought provoking, could not put it down!
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the best Rainforest book Ever 23 Mar. 2014
By Paul Hammer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is one that I keep at my jungle research station for students and travelers to read. It is one I have referenced for years. Packed with information and beautiful images, it is a classic on rain forests. I have not seen its equal. Great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth purchasing 20 Dec. 2008
By Scott J. Tilden - Published on Amazon.com
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The author relates fascinating stories about the life of the jungle. The book is grounded in recent research by biological, sociological, and anthropological scientists. Numerous myths are exposed. I personally found the chapter on ancient cities in the jungle of greatest interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than for just a coffee table! 16 Jan. 2007
By canadeeio - Published on Amazon.com
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I watched the PBS program on television and bought this book for my environmental scientist fiance. We both love this book and find it very interesting to flip through. The pictures are marvelous and the content is an easy, yet very informative read.
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