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Strangely like war : the global assault on forests
Jensen, Derrick, 1960-
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White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub. Co., [2003]

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ix, 185 pages ; 22 cm.
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"Ever since Gilgamesh cut down the ancient cedar forests of Mesopotamia, civilizations 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 activists everywhere."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Vandana Shiva
Forewordp. vii
Deforestationp. 1
Forest Dwellersp. 10
Accountabilityp. 21
Killing Forestsp. 30
Pulping the Worldp. 42
Bodyguard of Liesp. 46
A Rigged Systemp. 55
Corruptionp. 70
Globalization in the Real Worldp. 85
Consuming the Worldp. 102
The Failure of Solutionsp. 121
Rejecting Gilgameshp. 138
Acknowledgmentsp. 144
Resources for Getting Involvedp. 145
Notesp. 151
Bibliographyp. 168
About the Authorsp. 186
Indexp. 180