Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon : Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil

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9780060927233: Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon : Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil

Examining the motives, deeds, and tragic repercussions of their intervention in the Amazon and Central America, a study reveals the legacies of Nelson Rockefeller, who secured natural resources for American corporations, and Cameron Townsend, who saved souls at any cost.

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This extraordinary saga moves from the Oval Office to the Amazon rain forests to show how Cold War intrigue linked a powerful American family, the U.S. government, and a missionary organization in a forty-year campaign to conquer the Amazon. At the heart of this story are two intensely ambitious men: Nelson Rockefeller, scion of the liberal and immensely wealthy Standard Oil family, and William Cameron Townsend, founder of the ultraconservative Wycliffe Bible Translators. Although leaders of opposing camps, they found common cause in the struggle against fascism and then communism, with the result that hundreds of thousands of Amazonian tribespeople died or were displaced. The systematic campaign of colonization fathered by Rockefeller and Townsend was a chilling foreshadowing of American intervention in the Third World to secure valuable natural resources in the name of democracy.

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"Thy Will Be Done confirms in vivid detail what Indians in the north have known for a long time. Many American institutions and their leaders are involved in a global conspiracy to destroy Amazon Indians and their living environment for the sake of quick profits. In the same manner, they destroyed our healthy economy by slaughtering the buffalo and attacking our sleeping villages to get us out of the way. We can do much more to help the Amazon people. It is not too late." -- William Means, Chair, International Indian Treaty Council

"Thy Will Be Done is essential reading for every citizen looking for freedom in an age in which democracy rings hollow, as global corporations, a superpower government, and religious fundamentalism combine to colonize the world in an era of 'free trade.' The ecocide and genocide in the Amazon can be lessons of the ecocide and genocide being unleashed on a global scale by all-powerful corporations operating without frontiers and without limits." -- Vandana Shiva, Author, Biotechnology and the Environment and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development

"Thy Will Be Done makes a monumental contribution to the literature on modern corporate colonialism. A truly heroic endeavor, its documentation is nothing short of Herculean. I am recommending it wherever I go." -- David Korten, Former Ford Foundation project specialist, Author, When Corporations Rule the World

"A blistering expose" -- Publishers Weekly

"An extraordinary piece of investigative history. Its message is powerful, its data overwhelming and impressive. Thy Will Be Done deserves wide attention." -- Howard Zinn, Professor of History Emeritus, Boston University, Author, A People's History of the United States

"If you want a crystaline understanding of the problems around the globalization of the economy -- including the role of oil companies in the destruction of the rainforest and its peoples -- Thy Will Be Done is essential reading. Filled with drama as well as facts, I recommend it with great enthusiasm." -- Randall Hayes, Executive Director, Rainforest Action Network

"It is about time that the connections between the search for natural resources, corporate power, the intelligence communities, evangelical missionaries and the destruction of native peoples and their cultures were documented in detail. Such connections have been raising havoc in the third world for centuries. Colby and Dennett deserve a salute." -- Laura Nader, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

"The real story of Amazonia is buried in labyrinths of hidden deals and corporate scheming, disgraceful dissimulation and outright lies -- as impenetrable as popular images about the forest itself. The big losers are, as always, the tribal peoples 'in our way.' Here at last is a book which shines light onto this monstrous, secret -- and tragically, continuing -- scandal. Read it! -- Stephen Corry, Director, Survival International

"This book is vital reading for anyone working in solidarity with the poor in Latin America. It is packed with valuable information and gives numerous insights into how our country got involved in supporting Latin American dictators. Thy Will Be Done is a classic for our times." -- Father Roy Bourgeois, Former Maryknoll Missionary to Bolivia, Director, School of the Americas Watch

"This is a rich and fascinating book on a significant and heartbreaking subject, the work of American religion, business, politics and wars in the eradication and mass murder of the native peoples in the Amazon rainforest. Based on 18 years of research in numerous archives, nearly 200 interviews and a bibliography 20 pages long, it is probably the definitive study for the region it covers. I know of no other book like it." -- John Womack, Jr., Professor of Latin American History, Harvard University

"This well-documented, clearly written book alerts us to the immense suffering and damage in the Amazon and elsewhere caused by multinational corporate greed and ultraconservative religious ardor, headquartered in the United States and abetted by covert foreign policies. The systematic violations against human dignity and ecological integrity continue and can only be stopped by being brought to light. To that end, this book does a highly commendable job. -- Los Angeles Times

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