Crime and Survival in North America’s Woods
by Lyndsie Bourgon
While I am interested in nature conservation and the environment in general, I had no idea that tree poaching is so ubiquitous in the most precious American forests. So, for me, this book was enlightening and eye-opening. The parts about forests themselves and the scientific background of both their history and the effects of destroying them in the process of tree thievery I found the most fascinating.
The particular cases of such crimes were a little too detailed for me, and to be frank–sometimes a little boring. But the thing I appreciate most about this book is its deep empathy and unbiased attitude towards the people who take these magnificent giants from the forest. It would be so easy just to condemn and hate them–but life isn’t so simple and trying to understand their motives was so much more rewarding.
Thanks to the publisher, Little, Brown and Company, and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book.