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Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests (Politics of the Living) [Paperback]

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"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.

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Chelsea Green Publishing Company
ISBN  1931498458  
ISBN13  9781931498456  

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More About Derrick Jensen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Derrick Jensen is the prize-winning author of A Language Older than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, Listening to the Land, Strangely Like War, Welcome to the Machine, and Walking on Water. He was one of two finalists for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, which cited The Culture of Make Believe as "a passionate and provocative meditation on the nexus of racism, genocide, environmental destruction and corporate malfeasance, where civilization meets its discontents." He writes for The New York Times Magazine, Audubon, and The Sun Magazine among many others. He is an environmental activist and lives on the coast of northern California.

Derrick Jensen currently resides in Crescent City, in the state of California. Derrick Jensen was born in 1960.

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A MUST READ--Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests  Jan 3, 2007
This book is a must read for anyone who has believed that the timber industry(ies) OR forest services have the forests best interests in mind. I never truly realized how timber industries throughout the world (US included) integrate themselves into the governmental structure just to get their way. It was also a shocking realization about the destruction of forests and will change your definition of what a forest really means, i.e. a forest is not a stand of monoculture planted trees but a living multitude of tree species and interwoven plant and animal life.
A tragic story of a war happening right here.  Dec 18, 2006
This unassuming little paperbook book manages to pack a wealth of heart-wrenching, powerful facts about the terrorist massacre of our forests in under 200 pages. This wanton carnage is happening right now, yet you won't find it reported on the front page (or even the twentieth page) of the New York Times. Please read this book, and then agitate to halt these assaults if you feel compelled to do so.
Need a better context  Feb 11, 2006
Strangely Like War is a polemic on modern mankind's habit of clearing away forests and replacing it with cities, suburbs, farms, and in the extreme cases of negligence; desert. Focusing on the USA, the authors portray the US government, specifically the US Forest Service and the US Bureau of Land Management, as complicit with the logging and paper industry in the transfer of public, forested land, over to corporations who cut the trees down. All this is true enough, though the authors could have stated their points in a more objective and less biting manner. On the other hand, the authors should have placed this trend with that manifested by the other large terrestrial mammals. For example, elephants are notorious for destroying forests tree by tree to make room for themselves. Other large mammals such as bears, giraffes, and deer manifest behavior that clears forests. Therefore, we humans are not unnaturally bad. And America specifically does a fairly good job of replacing cut trees by planting new ones; though the reduced biodiversity in the new forests is deplorable. Also, humans, especially Americans, have shown the interesting habit of converting desert landscape into green land; just look at Southern California and the four corners states. Overall, this book is quite biased though its viewpoints are worth understanding.
Do you remember the forests?  Dec 12, 2004
I am struck by the other reviews of this important book: The reviewers from the West coast (who are watching the forests fall) give it high marks, while the mid-west reviewers (where the forests fell long ago) are more concerned with the tone of the book. I invite those midwesterners to come visit their western woods while some still remain. Then reread this book and see if you can share some of that anger.
Excellent handbook for forest education!!!  Jan 29, 2004
I am impressed with how concise, clear, and well researched this book is. I have bought it for all of my friends and I recommend it to forest activists everywhere. This book covers the worldwide forest crisis and how that impacts everyone from the most endangered species to the drinking water in your home. It also covers the entire history of deforestation from the rise of civilization in the Middle East through the present day. The authors' directness and honesty are refreshing. Most writers who pretend to be confronting these problems shy away from spelling out the connections between the corporations and those in government that not only allow but also encourage the destruction to continue. Thank you Jensen and Draffan for this beautifully written tool for forest education!

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