“Exhaustively reported and deftly written…reads like a John Grisham novel.” —Forbes

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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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

Excellence in Financial Journalism Award WINNER 2015 “Exhaustively reported and deftly written…reads like a John Grisham novel.” —Forbes “Impressively even-handed. . . [Barrett] calls Texaco to account of dirty drilling, and holds Petroecuador, which maintained… More



The Rise of America's Gun

“This book—from a top-notch reporter—will enlighten you about both gun culture and business culture. It’s fascinating, even-handed, and packs considerable punch!” —Bill McKibben, bestselling author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy, and The Age… More


American Islam:

The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion

"Timely and engaging." --The New York Times "Paul M. Barrett has written a rich book full of insights into a religion many Americans don't know enough about." --Chicago Tribune "A thoughtful exploration that is both… More


The Good Black

A True Story of Race in America

"Barrett ... skillfully and dispassionately tells Mungin's story in The Good Black, with chapters alternating among present, recent past, and distant past." --The New York Times Book Review, Richard D. Kahlenberg "A remarkably clear portrait… More