'His story is about one man and one tree, but it is much more than that. John Vaillant has written a work that will change how many people think about nature.' Sebastian Junger, author of THE PERFECT STORM.
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 fields has taken him to five continents and five oceans. The Golden Spruce is his first book.
In rich, painterly prose, [Vaillant] evokes the lush natural world
where the golden spruce took root and thrived, the temperate rain
forest of the Pacific Northwest. . . . Vaillant is absolutely
spellbinding when conjuring up the world of the golden spruce. His
descriptions of the Queen Charlotte Islands, with their misty,
murky light and hushed, cathedral-like forests, are haunting, and
he does full justice to the noble, towering trees. . . . The
chapters on logging, painstakingly researched, make high drama out
of the grueling, highly dangerous job of bringing down some of the
biggest trees on earth. * New York Times *
Writing in a vigorous, evocative style, Vaillant portrays the Pacific Northwest as a region of conflict and violence, from the battles between Europeans and Indians over the 18th-century sea otter trade to the hard-bitten, macho milieu of the logging camps, where grisly death is an occupational hazard. It is also, in his telling, a land of virtually infinite natural resources overmatched by an even greater human rapaciousness. . . . Vaillant paints a haunting portrait of man's vexed relationship with nature. * Publishers Weekly *
John Vaillant has written a work that will change how many people think about nature -- Sebastian Junger, author of "The Perfect Storm"