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Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests

     by Marshall Glickman

Lumber companies often argue that their replanting efforts have given us more trees than before they started; they also say that forests need to be cut down to provide jobs.

Derrick Jensen, best known for his book A Language Older Than Words and the long thoughtful interviews he guides in The Sun magazine, is one of the finest environmental writers around. His passion for justice and the planet is coupled with an honesty so unflinching he presents us with fresh ways of seeing even familiar issues. Here's a quick example: "Gone Extinct. Such a passive way to put it, as though we know no cause, can assign no responsibility. It's almost as though we were to say that victims of murder passed away, or that victims of arson decided to move."

In Strangely Like War, by Derrick Jensen and George Draffan Chelsea Green Publishing
Jensen (the main writer) and activist-writer George Draffan take on the myths, "facts," and smokescreens used by the timber industry. For instance, lumber companies often argue that their replanting efforts have given us more trees than before they started; they also say that forests need to be cut down to provide jobs. Jensen and Draffan show why both of these claims and plenty of others are wrong or very misleading.

The overall result is a passionate and thorough yet concise treatment of the politics and economics of industrial "forestry" (actually, it should be called the deforestation industry). Upsetting stuff, but words that must be heard.quiet zone


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