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Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests
     

Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests

by Derrick Jensen, George Draffan
 

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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

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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

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Publishers Weekly
Jensen (The Culture of Make Believe) and Draffan (A Primer on Corporate Power) are both pessimistic and angry about the state of the world's forests. In the U.S. only five percent of native forest remains; forests on a global level are also under attack, with one estimate claiming that two and a half acres are cut every second. International deforestation causes the extinction of plants and animals in addition to driving human forest dwellers, like the Karen of Burma, the Mapuche of Chile and the Penan of Malaysia, from their homelands. The destruction of forests also results in flooding, erosion and landslides. Production of paper products releases highly toxic chemicals into both the air and water. The authors provide many instances of collusion between industry and government, which has led to a U.S. commercial timber and logging industry permitted to destroy forests almost without restriction. Environmental agencies such as the Sierra Club or the Environmental Defense Fund, according to Jensen and Draffan, are more interested in raising money than in raising discomfort among the economically powerful. Globalization, they argue, is a network of financial, legal and political structures that operate for the benefit of the economic elite, allowing those in power to consume the natural resources of other nations. Although the text is occasionally overwrought, the authors have carefully documented worldwide deforestation, as well as the serious environmental and human consequences, and point a finger at those responsible. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Now and then a landmark book such as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring makes the public keenly aware of the vulnerability of nature to human intervention. Strangely Like War exposes the crisis of the large-scale destruction of the world's forests. Jensen (The Culture of Make Believe) and Draffan (The Elite Consensus) have written a passionate expos of the unprecedented greed and power of the timber industry and of the government's role in abetting corporate irresponsibility. They debunk the industry's assertion that forests are a sustainable resource, asserting that widespread industrial forestry not only lead to the extinction of countless species but adversely affects the environment. Numerous examples illustrate how timber corporations, supported by the structures of globalization, easily bypass regulations and restrictions as they seek ever greater profits. The authors foresee a bleak future if this corrupt system continues and if insatiable consumption of wood is not radically reduced. Written with conviction, fervor, and facts, this significant work is highly recommended for all libraries.-Ilse Heidmann, Washington State Lib., Olympia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931498456
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Politics of the Living Ser.
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

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.

George Draffan is a forest activist, public interest investigator, and corporate muckraker. He is the author of The Elite Consensus, A Primer on Corporate Power, and co-author of Railroads & Clearcuts. For the past fifteen years he has provided research services and training to citizens and public interest groups that are investigating and challenging corporate power. Some of his work can be found at Endgame, a project of the Public Information Network (www.endgame.org).

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