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

January 3, 2006|
The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed by John Vaillant
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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.
John Vaillant has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, and Men’s Journal among others. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and children. Of particular interest to Vaillant are stories that explore collisions between human ambition and the natural world. His work in this and other fiel...
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Title:The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:288 pages, 7.97 X 5.2 X 0.71 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 7.97 X 5.2 X 0.71 in
Published:January 3, 2006
Publisher:Knopf Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780676976465

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