An American journalist and author of In the Rain Forest, an influential and widely read book on tropical forests. Through her writings and lectures she promotes conservation and human rights.
Catherine Caufield writes on environmental matters as reporter-at-large for The New Yorker. She is the author of Multiple Exposures: Chronicles of the Radiation Age, for which she won the British National Book League's Award for Social Concern, and of the highly acclaimed In the Rainforest (University of Chicago Press, 1994) for which she received the Spirit of the Forest Award from the Rainforest Action Network.
Her next book, to be published early in 1997, will be Masters of Illusion: The World Bank and the Poverty of Nations (Henry Holt), which she describes as a critical biography of "the most powerful development institution in the world."