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Vaillant sets up the story well, priming the reader with history and science until Hadwin comes into the picture.
John Vaillant has exposed a compelling story, a murder mystery where the victim is a rare spruce with brilliant golden needles.
When I read the synopsis for The Golden Spruce, I thought "Is there enough story here to fill a full length book?"
“If you want to understand Haida Gwaii,” my husband said, “read, The Golden Spruce. it’s got everything.” He was right. It does. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Carol Anne Shaw
Well written history of the indigenous Haida of the Queen Charlotte Islands, the the North West logging industry often working in collusion with the government (US and Canada), the... Read morePublished 21 days ago by John R Williams
I got this book because of a rave review I read. I LOVED the history aspect of the book (it is worth buying just for the details) but the main character part I didn't care much for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heather Lindsay
I bought this book because I loved Vaillant's writing in "Tiger," and I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lenard Milich
This is history I knew very little about. Well written and engaging.Published 2 months ago by V. Masters
It reads like a true-crime book without the blood and gore--or with even MORE blood and gore if you hold the victim (the titular tree) as venerated as the locals did. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SD-SU
After reading (and loving) The Tiger, I had to read Vaillant's first book. I love how he mixes an interesting story with history, ecology and nature. Read morePublished 3 months ago by AdventureReader