The Golden Spruce

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The Golden Spruce

A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed

By John Vaillant

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393328646, 288pp.

Publication Date: May 17, 2006

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.



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-winningbooks, TheTiger and The Golden Spruce, were international bestsellers.