The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed
The felling of a celebrated giant golden spruce tree in British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands takes on a potent symbolism in this probing study of an unprecedented act of eco-vandalism. Vaillant profiles the culprit, an ex-logger turned messianic environmentalist who toppled the famous tree.
John Vaillant has written for The New Yorker, the Atlantic, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, and Men's Journal, among others. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Golden Spruce is his first book.