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Author: Patrick Tierney
ISBN13: 978-0393049220
Title: Darkness in El Dorado: How Scientists and Journalists Devastated the Amazon
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Language: English
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Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 1 edition (November 2000)
Pages: 416

Darkness in El Dorado: How Scientists and Journalists Devastated the Amazon by Patrick Tierney

There was, it turns out, nothing to claims.

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Miriam said: There are two camps-those who support Chagnon and those who don't. The most important book on anthropology in decades, Darkness in El Dorado will be a work to be reckoned with by a new generation of students the world over. A National Book Award finalist; a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and a Boston Globe Best Book of the Year.

To see his book as primarily an exposé of issues surrounding a measles epidemic would be to miss what I consider to be its main point. Fighting the Darkness in El Dorado: Profile of Napoleon Chagnon. American 284(3): 26-28.

The most important book on anthropology in decades, Darkness in El Dorado will be a work to be reckoned with by a new generation of students the world over. 16 pages of b/w photographs.

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ISBN13: 9780393322750.

Atomic Energy Commission. The greatest merit of Darkness in El Dorado lies in Tierney’s exploration of the range of factors and influences that have brought the Yanomami to their present state. In so doing, these outsiders have carried in disease and exacerbated mistrust and hostility between different Yanomami groups.

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This book is at the center of considerable controversy. Tierney (visiting scholar at U. of Pittsburgh) spent 11 years writing it. His subject is the activity of Napoleon Chagnon and other preeminent anthropologists who, in the 1960s, encountered and described a remote tribe inhabiting the jungles and highlands of Venezuela and Brazil; and Tierney's claim is that these anthropologists not only grossly misrepresented the Yanomami, but exploited and damaged them as well. In response to the book, the president of the National Academy of Sciences issued a detailed statement that specifically (and convincingly) identifies "misleading and inaccurate information about Academy activities, the nature of the Edmonston B Vaccine, and a deceased member of the Academy...." Tierney's book makes a scathing case, but not if his facts are inaccurate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Reviews: 7
Before reading this book, check online for the research done on this book after it was published. Example:" While the book was positively reviewed and well received at first, later investigations by multiple independent organizations found Tierney's main allegations to be false and libelous.[2]" The footnote is to one article but there are many.
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While many anthropolgists are dismissing this book as the work of "a journalist," academic researchers should not forget that the aim of this book is not to study the Yanomami people but rather to investigate accusations about their exploitation that have been made for decades by numerous people. The only difference is that now a mainstream publisher has dared to publish such a work. Mark Ritchie's book (The Spirit of the Rainforest) highlighted many of the same accusations about Chagnon a few years ago as well. Perhaps the most stunning indictment of Napoleon Chagnon comes from his own writings which reflect a fundamental lack of sensitivity for his "subjects." For example Chagnon states that "The best they can achieve by entering mainstream society is to become bums beggars and prostitutes on the fringes of society."
While Tierney does have tendency to sensationalize and perhaps overstate the significance of unsubstantiated information, there is definitely a need for further introspection on the part of anthropolgists, and all of us who want to learn more about other societies.
This book is written well and it is even, at times, thought-provoking. However, its central claim -- that anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon spread measles to the Yanamamo -- has been disproven.

The author has been warring against the anthropologist. The main point of contention seems to have been, yet again, the issue of an evolutionary approach to human behavior. Unfortunately for Tierney and others (e.g, Alice Eagly and Wendy Wood), it's a measured, sound and massively productive approach that generates ideas that are, more often that not, right. Bones can be picked with ideas, but the problem these folks have with Chagnon's work (and others') is not about the ideas, but rather the approach; they are against an evolutionary approach not on scientific, but rather often on moral grounds. They are afraid that saying violence happens is the same thing as saying violence *should* happen. This just isn't science.

But back to this book specifically; as often happens when journalists pick fights with scientists, the scientist was right, even as the sensationalist tales of the journalist caught attention.

I'd recommend skipping this book due errors in its factual content. Instead, read work from Chagnon himself or other giants in the field like Frans de Waal.

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There's now a book, _Galileo's Middle Finger_, written about the manufacturing of this slander and others:

"There was, it turns out, nothing to [Tierney's] claims. Over the course of a year of research and interviews with 40 people involved in the controversy in one way or another, [Alice] Dreger discovered the disturbing, outrageous degree to which the charges against Chagnon and Neel were fabricated — to the point where some of the numerous footnotes in Tierney’s book plainly didn’t support his own claims. All the explosive accusations about Nazi-like activities and exploitation, and the intentional fomenting of violence, were simply made up or willfully misinterpreted. Worse, some of them could have been easily debunked with just a tiny bit of research — in one case, it took Dreger all of an hour in an archive of Neel’s papers to find strong evidence refuting the claim that he helped intentionally infect the Yanomamö with measles (a claim that was independently debunked by others, anyway)."

This book is a hit job and thoroughly debunked. The publisher should yank it and apologize. For more info, search for a NY Magazine article titled "Why Some of the Worst Attacks on Social Science Have Come From Liberals". Don't let the title fool you, I'm a liberal and I'm pissed about this.
Book was in good shape. It was exactly what I wanted. I can't recommend this book to anyone because it only means something to me, but I will tell others about this place.
This would be a great book if it was touted as fiction; however, it is not and it is all completely unsupported and made up. Do not read.