The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed

John Vaillant (Author)
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Description

When a shattered kayak and camping gear are found on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Northwest, they reignite a mystery surrounding a shocking act of protest. Five months earlier, logger-turned-activist Grant Hadwin had plunged naked into a river in British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands, towing a chainsaw. When his night's work was done, a unique Sitka spruce, 165 feet tall and covered with luminous golden needles, teetered on its stump. Two days later it fell.

As vividly as John Krakauer puts readers on Everest, John Vaillant takes us into the heart of North America's last great forest.

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
May 17, 2006
Pages
288
Dimensions
5.52 X 0.78 X 8.18 inches | 0.78 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780393328646
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About the Author

JOHN VAILLANT's work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Atlantic, National Geographic, and Outside, among other magazines. His two previous, award-winning books, The Tiger and The Golden Spruce, were international bestsellers.

Reviews

Absolutely spellbinding.--William Grimes
John Vaillant has written a work that will change how many people think about nature.--Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm
A haunting tale of a good man driven mad by environmental devastation.... [Grant Hadwin's] appalling tree surgery is as vividly wrought as one of Patrick O'Brian's shipboard amputations.--Frank Clifford
This tragic tale goes right to the heart of the conflicts among loggers, native rights activists, and environmentalists, and induces us to more deeply consider the consequences of our habits of destruction.--Donna Seaman
Vaillant interlaces a well-reported murder mystery with elegantly spun cultural and native history, conjuring the spooky mood of the Northwest forests with the clarity of David Guterson or Jonathan Raban.--Bruce Barcott
Make some more space on the shelf of Essential Northwest Books. John Vaillant has crafted a debut book that is a stunning look at this region's history and environment.--John Marshall