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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  

As vividly as Jon Krakauer put readers on Everest, John Vaillant takes them into the heart of North America's last great forest, where trees grow to 18 feet in diameter, sunlight never touches the ground and the chainsaws are always at work. The felling of a celebrated giant golden spruce tree in British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands takes on a potent symbolism in this probing study of an unprecedented act of eco-vandalism. Vaillant profiles the culprit, an ex-logger turned messianic environmentalist who toppled the famous tree.

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