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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada; 1 edition (Jan. 3 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676976468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676976465
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Boe on Aug. 31 2005
Format: Hardcover
The amazing and surprisingly gripping tale of the Golden Spruce is one of the best books I've ever read. From the seed of a story about a magnificent and mysterious tree, in a way not unlike the Golden Spruce itself, John Vaillant's story grows into something much more than an interesting and informative book.
To help the reader fully understand the strange sequence of events, Vaillant's book is loaded with historical and factual detail, interwoven into a compelling and vital narrative. Rarely have I learned so much about things around me that have a direct impact on my life while fully enjoying the entire process.
The result is a fascinating and truly important book. And the best investment of my reading time in many, many years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marmot TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 2 2013
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Ordered on the advise of a stranger I was takling with who was visiting the west coast. I never heard of the book or Vaillant. Best advise I could have taken, love the writhing and descriptions he goes into.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By orange pippin on Dec 4 2009
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This book tells the story of the Golden Spruce--and much more. I was expecting a linear account of events leading up to the tragic end of the tree but as I read on I realized that the tale clearly could not be done justice without also relaying the stories of the Queen Charlotte Islands, the Haida people, logging in BC, and the misguided man who was at the centre of the controversy.

Vaillant's writing is elegant and beautifully descriptive; he does an exceptional job of conveying the feeling of a place, a time, a people, and an individual. This book moved me deeply and at times brought me to tears. Perhaps it is Vaillant's portrayal of our relationship--past and present--to our natural resources that invoked my most visceral response.

Not only is this a powerful story, it leaves you questioning your own role in the (ab)use of our forests.
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By wade clement on July 14 2014
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great book a little too much history.
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By Richard Dewey on July 10 2014
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Great read
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Extremely well written and very informative. Really enjoyed reading it.
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a lovable and readable nonfiction that I couldn't put down for all us lazy self proclaimed intellectuals that want our nonfiction in easy doses. I have kept reading his other offers and looking forward to the next effort
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By Lyn Ferns on Dec 18 2013
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It was a truly exciting book, also set here on Vancouver Island, Canada, where I live. People in the Book club didn't want to try it.
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