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By Paul M. Barrett

The gripping tale of 1 American lawyer's obsessive crusade--waged at any cost--against massive Oil on behalf of the negative farmers and indigenous tribes of the Amazon rainforest.

Steven Donziger, a self-styled social activist and Harvard proficient 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 go well with sought reparations for the Ecuadorian peasants and tribes humans whose lives have been tormented by many years of oil creation close to their villages and fields. in the course of two decades of felony hostilities in federal courts in long island 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 thought 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 historical past. however the corporation refused to give up or compromise. in its place, Chevron specified Donziger individually, and its counter-attack published damning proof of his politicking and manipulation of facts. without warning the decision, and a long time of Donziger's single-minded pursuit of the case, started to resolve.

Written with the feel and aptitude of the simplest narrative nonfiction, Law of the Jungle is an unputdownable tale within which there are numerous sufferers, an unlimited zone of ruined rivers and polluted rainforest, yet only a few heroes.

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It is no mere fact about crime in the United States which is reported. It connotes a whole historical construction about the nature and dilemmas of American society. The British media pick up American 'mugging' within this cluster of connotative references. The term is indexical: simply by using the label, a whole social history of the contemporary United States can be immediately and graphically mapped into place. Then the label is appropriated and applied to the British situation. Significantly, it is applied in Britain, first, precisely in its connotative dimensions.

In ithe 1950s the United States stood, and was reported, as the symbol of affluent success; in the 1960s it became the symbol of a modern industrial capitalist -society 'in crisis'. In both cases, the British media presentation of 'the United ^States' suffered from selective exaggeration. The United States seems always to be presented in 'larger-than-life' terms: more extravagent, more quirky, more ;bizarre, more sensational than anything comparable in Britain. And when 'American society began to run into serious difficulties, these too were presented in an exaggerated fashion.

The notion of a qualitative contrast between the present and the past was also a feature of many of the judge's remarks at this time (as it was later, during the 'mugging' wave). 6 The next example is from May 1972. At the end of a general attack on 'permissive legislation' and its links with the rising crime rate, easy divorces, drug-taking and abortion for foreign girls, and on the replacement of past 'tolerance and kindness' with the present 'unkindness, intolerance, greed and no faith in anyone or anything', the High Court judge, Sir R.

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