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Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests (Politics of the Living Books)by Derrick Jensen
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Book News Annotation:
About three-quarters of the world's original forests have been cut, mostly over the course of the past century, according to forest activists Jensen and Draffan. They describe how multinational companies legally and illegally loot forests around the world, posing major dangers to the global environment and to the people and animals that rely on the forests for their lives. Increasing globalization and wood product consumption have only increased the problem in recent years, they say. Instead, what is needed is to hand back the forests to their indigenous inhabitants.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 168-179) and index.
Table of Contents
Deforestation — Forest dwellers — Accountability — Killing forests — Pulping the world — Bodyguard of lies — A rigged system — Corruption — Globalization in the real world — Consuming the world — The failure of solutions — Rejecting Gilgamesh.
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