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

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

By John Vaillant

  • Release Date: 2006-05-17
  • Genre: Nature
Score: 4.5
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From 29 Ratings

Description

A tale of obsession so fierce that a man kills the thing he loves most: the only giant golden spruce on earth.
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.

Reviews

  • Every page...

    5
    By RKoehler
    ...rich in content, color and texture. RKoehler
  • The Golden Spruce

    5
    By tusktusk
    This is an excellent, well-written book. Vaillant has done an extraordinary amount of research and distilled it into a highly palatable and enjoyable account of a very bizarre true story. Highly recommended!