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Preemptive Strike Sought to Discredit Book Before It Was Published

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Science  19 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5503, pp. 417-418
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5503.417

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At the end of August, two anthropologists e-mailed the president of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) about an "impending scandal" that would rock the discipline. A forthcoming book, Darkness in El Dorado: How Scientists and Journalists Devastated the Amazon, was charging several prominent researchers with mistreating the Yanomamo Indians in Venezuela--and worse. In response, a group of researchers assembled an anti- Darkness campaign so swift and forceful that it produced lengthy rebuttals of the book before it was even published.