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A surfer, photojournalist, and author describes his two-year odyssey from Mexico to Central America to search for his missing long-time friend and surfing companion, Christopher Conner, and his bizarre adventures along the way.
When Allan Weisbecker penned the last sentence of IN SEARCH OF CAPTAIN ZERO, most readers assumed the full scope of the tale had been told. But apparently, life had other plans. In his latest offering, CAN'T YOU GET ALONG WITH ANYONE?, Weisbecker chronicles the bizarre and convoluted circumstances that drove him from his adopted home in Costa Rica.
The essays collected here offer important new reflections on the multiple images of and rhetoric surrounding the rain forest. The slogan “Save the Rain Forest!”—emblazoned on glossy posters of tall trees wreathed in vines and studded with monkeys and parrots—promotes the popular image of a marvelously wild and vulnerable rain forest. Although representations like these have fueled laudable rescue efforts, in many ways they have done more harm than good, as these essays show. Such icons tend to conceal both the biological variety of rain forests and the diversity of their human inhabitants. They also frequently obscure the specific local and global interactions that are as much a part of today’s rain forests as are the array of plants and animals. In attending to these complexities, this volume focuses on specific portrayals of rain forests and the consequences of these characterizations for both forest inhabitants and outsiders. From diverse disciplines—history, archaeology, sociology, literature, law, and cultural anthropology—the contributors provide case studies from Latin America, Asia, and Africa. They point the way toward a search for a rain forest that is both a natural entity and a social history, an inhabited place and a shifting set of ideas. The essayists demonstrate how the single image of a wild and yet fragile forest became fixed in the popular mind in the late twentieth century, thereby influencing the policies of corporations, environmental groups, and governments. Such simplistic conceptions, In Search of the Rain Forest shows, might lead companies to tout their “green” technologies even as they try to downplay the dissenting voices of native populations. Or they might cause a government to create a tiger reserve that displaces peaceful peasants while opening the doors to poachers and bandits. By encouraging a nuanced understanding of distinctive, constantly evolving forests with different social and natural histories, this volume provides an important impetus for protection efforts that take into account the rain forest in all of its complexity. Contributors. Scott Fedick, Alex Greene, Paul Greenough, Nancy Peluso, Suzana Sawyer, Candace Slater, Charles Zerner
Soon to be a major motion picture starring John Cusack! Mr. Quark is a down-on-his luck pot-smuggler hiding out in the mountains of Colombia with his dog, High Pockets, and a small band of banditos led by the irascible Jose. Only months before, these three and their fearless associates were rolling in millions in cash and high-grade marijuana, eluding prosecution on “ridiculously false” drug and terrorism charges. But times have quickly grown lean, and to liven up their exile, Jose decides to mug a family of American tourists. Among the spoils are physics texts, which launch Mr. Quark on a side-splitting, boisterous adventure north to California, where he confronts the owner of the books with his own theories on relativity, the nature of the universe, and looking for the meaning of life in all the wrong places….
Author Gary L. Wilson has studied the Bible extensively for many years with the goal of saving the American people and the people in Europe who will be caught in the famine of the Antichrist. In World War III: Nuclear War, he provides Biblical evidence of how to prevent nine possible nuclear wars between the Pentagon and the Antichrist who will use the nuclear arsenals of Russia, the former Soviet nations, and Europe to threaten the world during World War III. Wilson offers an extensive discussion of the political, social, and spiritual implications of the coming warfareand what changes have already happened in Europe to make it possible for the Antichrist to start World War III in AD 2030. He tells the public how to prepare for the coming end times so they can be strong in their faith and look forward to peace with God. He also explains how to decipher the prophetic words and symbols found in the book of Revelation. Filled with ample scriptural evidence, World War III: Nuclear War outlines the instructions of Christ and the Lord God to avoid the impending nuclear wars. Wilson predicts a nuclear attack on Rome in 2030 as told in Revelation 18:4 and 18:19. He also predicts a major nuclear war and nuclear winter as told in Revelation 8:12.
Implementing a never-before-seen approach to sea literature, American Sea Literature: Seascapes, Beach Narratives, and Underwater Explorations explores the role of American maritime activities and their cultural representations in literature. Differentiating between the 'terrestrial' and 'oceanic' as concepts, Shin Yamashiro divides sea literature into three categories: literature on the sea, by the sea, and beneath the sea. Discussing both canonical works and new books on scuba diving, deep-sea explorations, and surfing, this fascinating study recognizes sea literature's unique influence on American history.

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