By Paul M. Barrett
The gripping tale of 1 American lawyer's obsessive crusade--waged at any cost--against immense Oil on behalf of the bad farmers and indigenous tribes of the Amazon rainforest.
Steven Donziger, a self-styled social activist and Harvard expert attorney, signed directly to a budding type motion lawsuit opposed to multinational Texaco (which later merged with Chevron to develop into the third-largest company in America). The swimsuit sought reparations for the Ecuadorian peasants and tribes humans whose lives have been tormented by a long time of oil construction close to their villages and fields. in the course of 20 years of felony hostilities in federal courts in ny and distant provincial tribunals within the Ecuadorian jungle, Donziger and Chevron's attorneys fierce no-holds-barred ideas. Donziger, a larger-than-life, loud-mouthed showman, proved himself a grasp orchestrator of the media, Hollywood, and public opinion. He cajoled and coerced Ecuadorian judges at the concept that his noble ends justified any technique of persuasion. And in spite of everything, he gained an not likely victory, a $19 billion judgment opposed to Chevron--the largest environmental damages award in heritage. however the corporation refused to give up or compromise. as an alternative, Chevron distinct Donziger in my view, and its counter-attack printed damning facts of his politicking and manipulation of facts. without warning the decision, and many years of Donziger's single-minded pursuit of the case, started to get to the bottom of.
Written with the feel and aptitude of the easiest narrative nonfiction, Law of the Jungle is an unputdownable tale within which there are numerous sufferers, an unlimited quarter of ruined rivers and polluted rainforest, yet only a few heroes.