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Law of the Jungle - The $19 Billion Legal Battle over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who'd Stop at Nothing to Win-logo

Law of the Jungle - The $19 Billion Legal Battle over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who'd Stop at Nothing to Win

Paul M. Barrett

The gripping story of one American lawyer's obsessive crusade-waged at any cost-against Big Oil on behalf of the poor farmers and indigenous tribes of the Amazon rainforest. Steven Donziger, a self-styled social activist and Harvard educated lawyer, signed on to a budding class action lawsuit against multinational Texaco (which later merged with Chevron to become the third-largest corporation in America). The suit sought reparations for the Ecuadorian peasants and tribes people whose lives were affected by decades of oil production near their villages and fields. During twenty years of legal hostilities in federal courts in Manhattan and remote provincial tribunals in the Ecuadorian jungle, Donziger and Chevron's lawyers followed fierce no-holds-barred rules. Donziger, a larger-than-life, loud-mouthed showman, proved himself a master orchestrator of the media, Hollywood, and public opinion. He cajoled and coerced Ecuadorian judges on the theory that his noble ends justified any means of persuasion. And in the end, he won an unlikely victory, a $19 billion judgment against Chevon--the biggest environmental damages award in history. But the company refused to surrender or compromise. Instead, Chevron targeted Donziger personally, and its counter-attack revealed damning evidence of his politicking and manipulation of evidence. Suddenly the verdict, and decades of Donziger's single-minded pursuit of the case, began to unravel. Written with the texture and flair of the best narrative nonfiction, Law of the Jungle is an unputdownable story in which there are countless victims, a vast region of ruined rivers and polluted rainforest, but very few heroes.

The gripping story of one American lawyer's obsessive crusade-waged at any cost-against Big Oil on behalf of the poor farmers and indigenous tribes of the Amazon rainforest. Steven Donziger, a self-styled social activist and Harvard educated lawyer, signed on to a budding class action lawsuit against multinational Texaco (which later merged with Chevron to become the third-largest corporation in America). The suit sought reparations for the Ecuadorian peasants and tribes people whose lives were affected by decades of oil production near their villages and fields. During twenty years of legal hostilities in federal courts in Manhattan and remote provincial tribunals in the Ecuadorian jungle, Donziger and Chevron's lawyers followed fierce no-holds-barred rules. Donziger, a larger-than-life, loud-mouthed showman, proved himself a master orchestrator of the media, Hollywood, and public opinion. He cajoled and coerced Ecuadorian judges on the theory that his noble ends justified any means of persuasion. And in the end, he won an unlikely victory, a $19 billion judgment against Chevon--the biggest environmental damages award in history. But the company refused to surrender or compromise. Instead, Chevron targeted Donziger personally, and its counter-attack revealed damning evidence of his politicking and manipulation of evidence. Suddenly the verdict, and decades of Donziger's single-minded pursuit of the case, began to unravel. Written with the texture and flair of the best narrative nonfiction, Law of the Jungle is an unputdownable story in which there are countless victims, a vast region of ruined rivers and polluted rainforest, but very few heroes.
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The gripping story of one American lawyer's obsessive crusade-waged at any cost-against Big Oil on behalf of the poor farmers and indigenous tribes of the Amazon rainforest. Steven Donziger, a self-styled social activist and Harvard educated lawyer, signed on to a budding class action lawsuit against multinational Texaco (which later merged with Chevron to become the third-largest corporation in America). The suit sought reparations for the Ecuadorian peasants and tribes people whose lives were affected by decades of oil production near their villages and fields. During twenty years of legal hostilities in federal courts in Manhattan and remote provincial tribunals in the Ecuadorian jungle, Donziger and Chevron's lawyers followed fierce no-holds-barred rules. Donziger, a larger-than-life, loud-mouthed showman, proved himself a master orchestrator of the media, Hollywood, and public opinion. He cajoled and coerced Ecuadorian judges on the theory that his noble ends justified any means of persuasion. And in the end, he won an unlikely victory, a $19 billion judgment against Chevon--the biggest environmental damages award in history. But the company refused to surrender or compromise. Instead, Chevron targeted Donziger personally, and its counter-attack revealed damning evidence of his politicking and manipulation of evidence. Suddenly the verdict, and decades of Donziger's single-minded pursuit of the case, began to unravel. Written with the texture and flair of the best narrative nonfiction, Law of the Jungle is an unputdownable story in which there are countless victims, a vast region of ruined rivers and polluted rainforest, but very few heroes.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Joe Ochman

Length:

8h 59m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:34


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:43


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:49


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:00


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:05


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:52


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:50


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:09


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:05


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:02


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:36


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:37


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:41


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:33


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:40


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:07


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:37


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:26


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:36


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:37


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:52


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:05


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:25


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:06


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:05


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:59


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:35


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:53


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:15


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:18


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:07


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:47


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:15


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:07


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:37


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:53


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:31


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:59


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:53


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:39


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:46


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:54


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:02


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:30


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:44


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:28


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:47


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:43


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:42


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:26


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:53


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:13


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:48


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:30


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:27


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

00:36