Plundering Paradise by Michael D'Orso
The Hand of Man on the Galapagos Islands

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Mention the Galápagos Islands to almost anyone, and the first things that spring to mind are iguanas, tortoises, volcanic beaches, and, of course, Charles Darwin. But there are people living there, too -- nearly 20,000 of them. A wild stew of nomads and grifters, dreamers and hermits, wealthy tour operators and desperately poor South American refugees, these inhabitants have brought crime, crowding, poaching, and pollution to the once-idyllic islands. In Plundering Paradise, Michael D'Orso explores the conflicts on land and at sea that now threaten to destroy this fabled "Eden of Evolution."

 

About Michael D'Orso

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Michael D'Orso is the author of more than a dozen books, including "Plundering Paradise," "Like Judgment Day, Like No Other Time" (with Tom Daschle), and "Walking with the Wind" (with John Lewis).
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 368 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Perpetually unstable, the government of Ecuador (600 miles away) was enduring a variety of economic and political shocks during D’Orso’s research, and he constantly reminds us not just of the vulnerability of the islands but also of the human institutions that ought to be protecting them.

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When Charles Darwin first set foot on the Galápagos Islands in 1831, he was captivated by an Eden untouched by man.

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