Strangely Like War

Derrick Jensen

“It was strangely like war. They attacked the forest as if it were an enemy to be pushed back from the beachheads, driven into the hills, broken into patches, and wiped out. Many operators thought they were not only making lumber but liberating the land from the trees. . .” from The Last Wilderness, by Murray Morgan, 1976
Derrick Jensen, prize-winning author of A Language Older than Words and The Culture of Make Believe, and George Draffan, activist, researcher, and co-author with Jensen of Railroads & Clearcuts, collaborate again to expose the escalating global war on trees. Ever since Gilgamesh cut down the ancient cedar forests of Mesopotamia, civilizations and empires have foundered and collapsed in the wake of widespread deforestation. Today, with three quarters of the world’s original forests gone and the pace of cutting, clearing, processing, and pulping ever accelerating, Jensen and Draffan lay bare the stark scenario we face—we being not only people, but the nonhuman fabric of life itself—unless deforestation is slowed and stopped. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the relationship between deforestation and our ecological crisis as well as an essential “handbook” for forest and anti-globalization activists.

status Copy #1 (3975): in
genre Hard Science » Ecology
publisher Green Books Ltd
publish date 2004
popularity checked out 2 time(s)


  • By Meg Duke -

    Dope info dump on the worldwide pillaging of forests by unregulated corporations and economies. Definitely broad scope, wish there was an updated edition — as if the 2003 facts weren’t horrifying enough!
    The werkin’ stiff on the cover is a choker setter, the hardest-worked, lowest-paid dog in the entire theft-sale-log-mill-process-product-waste rodeo. Weird hyper-close picture of a poor human for the big-picture book of industrial forest demolition.

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