"A GOOD FOREST FOR DYING is one of those rare masterworks that seamlessly blends grand stabs of American history with the unforgettable characters at the heart of a breathtaking story. This is a rich, important examination of mammoth twists and turns along the backbone of this nation — and one man’s harrowing, cautionary battle to find himself and find his country. Patrick Beach is a brilliant escort for this thrilling and cautionary journey deep inside the forest — and deep into the soul of the United States of America. He writes with a naturalist’s awe, an historian’s authority and a storyteller’s magic. He has created a work with the majesty and enduring power of the very forest itself."
–Bill Minutaglio, author of CITY ON FIRE and FIRST SON: GEORGE W. BUSH AND THE BUSH FAMILY DYNASTY
"A rare combination of dispassionate reporting and thoroughly engaging story-telling. Accounts from the front in the environmental wars don’t get any better than this."
–H.W. Brands, author of THE AGE OF GOLD and THE FIRST AMERICAN and the forthcoming LONE STAR NATION
“She sat in her pickup and cried her makeup off.’ In the radiance of a thousand small, unforgettable images like this one, Patrick Beach illuminates the broken humanity of ordinary people trapped on both sides of a lethal logging confrontation. His copious reporting of their narrowing fate, discharged into a spare, but all-seeing narrative, elevates their powerlessness and suffering into an American fable for our times: symptomatic, cautionary, indispensable.”
–Ron Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of TOM AND HUCK DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE, coauthor of FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
From the Hardcover edition.