©2024 Fable Group Inc.

The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed

By John Vaillant
The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed by John Vaillant digital book - Fable

Why read on Fable?

Discover social reading

Chat inside the ebook with emojis, comments and more

Annotate with notes, tabs, and highlights

Share or keep your notes private with our annotation features

Support the World Literacy Foundation

We donate 20% of every book sale to help children learn to read

Publisher Description

Worthy of comparison to Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild.... A story of the heartbreakingly complex relationship between man and nature.

28 Reviews

Thinking Face
Unsatisfying plot
“This book is extremely thought provoking. It's mostly quite depressing. But, I've never been an "ignorance is bliss" sort of person.”
“Paperback | This book was very interesting, but I must warn you: if you read the book description and want to read it because it sounds like a fast paced crime drama with environmental roots (pun intended) then you may be *slightly* disappointed. This book is FILLED with informative tangents. The story could have been told in a quarter of the time, however, the substance would be lacking. I personally loved most of the tangents, but about 20% of them were a tad obnoxious and repetitive. The book is not action packed, though some of the horrors that beFELL (pun attempted) the loggers were quite gripping. Personally I adore science filled books with a decent amount of backstory, but this could be tedious for some, it was even tedious for me at times. All that said I still think this book is great.”

About John Vaillant

John Vaillant’s acclaimed, award-winning nonfiction books, The Golden Spruce and The Tiger, were national bestsellers. His debut novel, The Jaguar’s Children, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award. Vaillant has received the Governor General’s Literary Award, the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, and the Pearson Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. He has written for, among others, The New Yorker, the Atlantic, National Geographic, and the Walrus. He lives in Vancouver.

Start a Book Club

Start a public or private book club with this book on the Fable app today!


Do I have to buy the ebook to participate in a book club?

Why can’t I buy the ebook on the app?

How is Fable’s reader different from Kindle?

Do you sell physical books too?

Are book clubs free to join on Fable?

How do I start a book club with this book on Fable?

Error Icon
Save to a list
Private List
Private lists are not visible to other Fable users on your public profile.
Notification Icon