Updated: July 2011
Several people have commented and asked if I am the author of a mysterious geography textbook that has many people upset and insulted in the South American world. I can assure you that I am not.
I am a pastor and a theology student in Texas. If you spend much time on this site, you’ll see that the vast majority of my interests surround the Bible, Christianity, the Church, and (from time to time) recent technologies. I am not, and have never been, an expert or author on geography (much less South American geography).
A little about the book
But I have wondered about this geography book due to the large portion of traffic this website has garnered from google searches for this mysterious book. It cannot be found on www.amazon.com, or any other bookseller, so I spent a little more time looking for it.
From what I can find, it seems that:
Since 2000, a forgery has circulated falsely claiming that the United States and the United Nations have assumed control of the Amazon rainforest in order to safeguard its treasures for all mankind.
The forgery purports to be page 76 of a U.S. sixth grade textbook titled An Introduction to Geography by David Norman. There is no indication that such a book exists. The U.S. Library of Congress, with more than 29 million books and other printed materials, has no record of it. The Online Computer Learning Center’s WorldCat database, the world’s largest database of bibliographic information with more than 47 million books, has no record of the book. Nor can such a book be found in Internet searches on amazon.com or Google.
So to all those who have reached this site due to a search on google for this book and you landed here, please accept my apologies that I am not the author. You can choose to continue your search, or you can accept that this is a forgery and hoax and that the book never existed at all.
Further information on this hoax can be found here, or in the comments section below.