The Third Bank of the River offers an ambitious narrative that goes back and forth in time and alternates between urban and jungle settings. The book could have risked becoming unwieldy, but Arnold has crafted a thrilling page-turner while delving into topics that often bypass Brazil’s mainstream media ... Arnold knows to avoid the trap of providing top-down solutions to teach Brazilians how to deal with their own predicament. Rather, The Third Bank of the River’ ultimately stands out as an important book for Americans looking to better understand the glorious and troubled nation to their south — in all its complexity.
Arnold handles all of the narrative strands [of The Third Bank of the River expertly and shows a keen eye for detail... The reader leaves with a newfound understanding of the diversity, complexity, and corruption to be found in the modern Amazon.
Arnold pulls few punches in this sobering account of the unfolding genocidal threat, adding another dark layer to the urgent story environmentalists are already telling about how the logging of rain forests is playing a drastically destructive role in climate change.