Poisoned Arrows: An Investigative Journey to the Forbidden Territories of West Papua

Poisoned Arrows: An Investigative Journey to the Forbidden Territories of West Papua


By (author) George Monbiot

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  • Publisher: GREEN BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm
  • Publication date: 1 January 1990
  • Publication City/Country: Totnes
  • ISBN 10: 1903998271
  • ISBN 13: 9781903998274
  • Illustrations note: 36 b&w photographs
  • Sales rank: 1,999,487

Product description

At great personal risk and with forged travel documents, George Monbiot in 1988 bluffed, cheated and forced his way into the remotest tropical place in the world - the forbidden territories of Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Sealed from the outside world by Indonesian forces, it was home to tribes who were unchanged and unseen for centuries-- and, along with their forest land, being systematically obliterated.

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Author information

George Monbiot is the author of The Age of Consent: a manifesto for a new world order and Captive State: the corporate takeover of Britain. His other books include Poisoned Arrows and Amazon Watershed. He is a columnist for The Guardian and Visiting Professor of Planning at Oxford Brookes University. He has held visiting professorships or fellowships at the universities of Oxford (environmental policy), Bristol (philosophy), Keele (politics) and East London (environmental science).

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It is stunning ... he ran great personal risks, living under false identities and suffering extraordinary tropical fits--but the strength of the book is that he resists the twin temptations of humourless campaigning and macho bragging ... It is far more than a travel book, yet as entertaining as any. Don't miss it Sunday Express George Monbiot's fresh, often amusing account offsets the young author's wonder at the untouched natural beauty of the place with his horror at the systematic genocide being waged against its ancient tribal culture Sunday Telegraph