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Devil's Curve, The: A Journey into Power and Profit at the Amazon's Edge Hardcover – Aug 24 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre; First Edition edition (Aug. 24 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553658973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553658979
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #285,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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.Arno Kopecky's account of his journey through the Peruvian Amazon and into the desplazados' neighbourhoods of Colombia's Medellin is funny, complex, moving, and meticulously researched. Kopecky spends months talking to South American indigenous leaders about the impact of Canadian mining corporations on their communities, digging deep, asking the hard questions. The parallels to Canada's own indigenous communities' struggles against multinationals will not be lost on any reader. A must read.. (Carmen Aguirre, author of Canada Reads winner "Something Fierce" 2012-07-17)

....an eclectic blend of travelogue, character study, political history and personal journey.. (Winnipeg Free Press 2012-09-15)

.a delightful narrative — replete with vivid descriptions of Awajun life in the Peruvian jungle, depressingly disturbing images of a violent and impoverished Colombia, and even a sprinkling of hilarious anecdotes. (Chronicle Herald 2012-12-23)

About the Author

Arno Kopecky is the author of The Devil's Curve and Oil Man and the Sea. He is a journalist and travel writer whose dispatches have appeared in The Walrus, Foreign Policy, the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, The Tyee and Kenya’s Daily Nation. He has covered civil uprisings in Mexico, cyclones in Burma, Zimbabwe's 30-year dictatorship and election violence in Kenya. He lives in Squamish, B.C.

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Arno Kopecky, writer of "The Devil's Curve", arrived in Calgary on October 10th and 11th to speak on behalf of the subject matter in his new book: the impact of Canadian oil business in the Amazon. The meat of the book lies in the 2009 crisis in Bagua, where Peruvian police officers opened live ammunition on a peaceful protest by Awajun Indigenous people demonstrating against extractive resource industry on their land. The week of the crisis, I was in Peru, only a few miles away, living in the city of Cajamarca.

As I watched on television, preparing for my flight back to Canada, my personal friend, Arno Kopecky was on his way to Peru to take a closer look. I began following Arno's coverage while I was engaged in an extensive research trip in Cairo, Egypt, where I would often comment on his articles in The Walrus. Later, I became further involved when an Achuar delegation arrived from Peru to protest the proposed extractive business operations of Talisman Energy, a Calgary-based oil corporation, on Achuar land.

Only weeks before Arno's arrival in Calgary to speak on behalf of his book, "The Devil's Curve", the Achuar had won their fight in successfully convincing Talisman that they should not conduct an extractive industry on Achuar land.

Arno's first presentation at Mount Royal University, was paired off with Waubgeshig Rice, who I had learned of prior on Black Coffee Poet. His second presentation was at Auburn Saloon, with Andrew Nikiforuk, a colleague at the Tyee, and probably the most well-known Tar Sands whistleblower journalist. In both presentations, he was especially emphatic in his regard for the complete lack of empathy for the Amazon's Indigenous peoples.
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I read this book as I was traveling in Peru and Bolivia in 2012. I was constantly hearing about, and even experiencing, protests rated to resources and exploitation of the land and the indigenous people. This book was the perfect companion to help me understand all the forces at work and the many players involved. Thankfully it wasn't a dry academic rendition, but an "in your face" page turning adventure combined with thorough journalistic investigation. The only thing missing for me was an exploration of the mindset of certain Canadian mining execs and government officials, who in many cases, are contributing to the rampant exploitation of these lands and people so far away. I would have liked to have seen them more thoroughly brought to task. Perhaps a final chapter in the second edition Arno?
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I thoroughly enjoyed Devil's Curve! It made me think, laugh and pause with wonder and amazement! Arno Kopecky has woven the intricate threads of this complicated tale in a clear and objective voice with mastery. Kopecky tells the story of Peruvian First Nation's and their struggle against wanton oil development with humanity and humour, and personifies life in the Medellin slums with compassion and similar flair. The Devil's Curve is a great book.
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THE DEVIL's CURVE is an compelling & colourful read, honestly written where you actually feel like you are accompanying the author on his adventurous journey into the Amazon! It is a well researched book, so there's lots of learning to be had along the way. In a time of disappearing 'Wild Spaces', 'Cultures At Risk' from western indulgences need a voice, and Kopecky gives them one in this rich book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Honest and insightful, This should be required reading for all Canadians especially, trying to understand our lasting heritage in the mining world. Sobering sad pathetic sorrowful. I leave well informed.
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