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The Golden Spruce

A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed

Vaillant, John

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Golden Spruce
Publisher: New York : Norton, c2005
ISBN: 0393058875
Branch Call Number: 333.7513 V
Characteristics: xiii, 255 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Dec 05, 2014
  • rusty_13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a fascinating true story about a lumberjack gone rogue. Besides being entertaining, I feel I learned a lot about the history of the timber industry in the Pacific Northwest.

Jul 04, 2013
  • Bjreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The Golden Spruce is truly a story of myth, madness and greed.
It gave so much information and at times I felt that it was a manifesto about the destruction of our forests and not pointing out what we are doing to our world and the people doing the destruction not getting it.

Vaillant knows how to make logging, trees and coastal history interesting.

Sep 11, 2012
  • wimsey4u rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My son and I read this aloud to each other while visiting Haida Gwaii. It gave a depth to our own experience, kept us thinking both sides of the issues faced by our resource extraction society. Highly recommended by us as a well written, thoughtful treatment of a devastating event and the history that led to it

Jul 24, 2012
  • StuDick rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing true story, thoughtfully set in a context of resource exploitation and personal responsibility. I still can't decide if what he did was morally right or wrong.

Jun 26, 2012
  • spacecat rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The politics of logging in B.C. has a long history. This man was skilled, knowledgeable, and like a lot of woods people, a bit crazy on a good day. The book explains the possible motive behind an unbelievable act of environmental protest that went wrong, hurting the Haida people more than the logging policies it was meant to protest. A lot of detailed information on logging, trees, tough guys, and Haida Gwaii all in one book.

Jun 22, 2012
  • Kate13Liz rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good telling - true Canadian Mystery.
Nice details about life in some of the tribes of the West Coast and of the West Coast loggers.

Should be required reading for all British Columbians. Offers a concise, well researched, thumbnail history of this geographical region, it's people, and resources. Also uncovers the facts and motivations behind the events when the Golden Spruce was cut down.

May 01, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An unusual book but worth a read. It tells the story of a tree on Haida Gwai, cut down in 1997 as a protest, although about what is unclear, by a man who subsequently disappeared. It is a little too pro-logging and is padded with too much biology.

Dec 01, 2011
  • MsLit rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I am not a big NF fan, but I was actually able to finish this one with some skimming. The thread of the main story kept my intrigued enough to stick with it. I am glad I finished this book as I had no knowledge of the golden spruce and it's mysterious demise.

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Jun 26, 2012
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