The Golden Spruce

A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed

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Publisher Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD FOR NON-FICTION • WINNER OF THE WRITERS’ TRUST NON-FICTION PRIZE

“Absolutely spellbinding.” —The New York Times

The environmental true-crime story of a glorious natural wonder, the man who destroyed it, and the fascinating, troubling context in which this act took place. 

FEATURING A NEW AFTERWORD BY THE AUTHOR


On a winter night in 1997, a British Columbia timber scout named Grant Hadwin committed an act of shocking violence in the mythic Queen Charlotte Islands. His victim was legendary: a unique 300-year-old Sitka spruce tree, fifty metres tall and covered with luminous golden needles. In a bizarre environmental protest, Hadwin attacked the tree with a chainsaw. Two days later, it fell, horrifying an entire community. Not only was the golden spruce a scientific marvel and a tourist attraction, it was sacred to the Haida people and beloved by local loggers. Shortly after confessing to the crime, Hadwin disappeared under suspicious circumstances and is missing to this day. As John Vaillant deftly braids together the strands of this thrilling mystery, he brings to life the ancient beauty of the coastal wilderness, the historical collision of Europeans and the Haida, and the harrowing world of logging—the most dangerous land-based job in North America.

GENRE
Science & Nature
RELEASED
2005
May 3
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Canada
SELLER
Penguin Random House Canada
SIZE
4.1
MB

Customer Reviews

loteq ,

Great book

If you are from British Columbia, and the pacific northwest, you should read this. I gives a vivid decription of the founding of these areas, not to mention context for the many environmental battles taking place now, and what they mean.

Brennan lloyd ,

Incredible

I was driving a recycling truck and found this book in a recycling bin. I hopped in the passenger seat and read the entire book in one sitting. Should be required reading if you're from British Columbia.

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