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Book "Law of the Jungle" tells of corruption in Ecuador

Paul Barrett reveals a tale of oil, pollution, intrigue and corruption in Ecuador in his new book. Review by Justin Jacobs

“This case is extraordinary. The facts are many and sometimes complex. They include things that normally come only out of Hollywood.” Such was a US federal judge’s description of the 20-year legal dispute over who bears ultimate responsibility for oil operations in Ecuador that spoiled a vast swathe of the Amazon, and exacted a heavy toll from its inhabitants. The Lago Agrio saga has seen twists and turns, larger-than-life characters, high drama from the courtroom to the jungle and an $18 billion judgment against Chevron. Bloomberg journalist Paul Barrett draws from this deep well of material to deliver a compelling account of the Lago Agrio case in his new book Law of the Jungle. Texaco s

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