An investigative journalist
discovers that Southeast Asia's fight to protect its environment is
inextricably intertwined with its difficult struggles for democracy
and economic modernization.
The future of Earth's environment
will be decided in Asia, home to 60 percent
of the world's population and some of the world's fastest-growing economies.
As an award-winning investigative journalist based in Bangkok, James Fahn
spent a decade grappling with the challenges facing the region's mega-cities,
tropical forests, coastlines, and societies dashing toward modernity. In
A Land on Fire, he shares his findings, among them the profound implications
for global issues such as climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and
the greening of world trade. He explores Southeast Asia's environmental
battles through the eyes of the people fighting them, and recounts his
adventures while covering them. Whether chasing down log smugglers along
the Thai-Burmese border, exposing the dumping of toxic mercury into the
Gulf of Thailand by multinational oil corporations, or covering the controversy
surrounding the filming of the movie The Beach, Fahn provides unique insight
into the relationship between sustainable development and democracy, the
crippling impact of corruption, and the environmental challenges facing
A Land on Fire was
released in the spring of 2003 by Westview Press. For a taste, you
can read the introduction, the table of contents, and
of each chapter.
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described in the book. You can find out more about the author and listen
radio interviews. If you’ve read the book (or even if you haven’t),
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