“Groundbreaking ... an epic tale of corruption and deception, perpetrated on a mass scale for nearly a century.” The Atlantic
“Deeply researched and compellingly written." Times Literary Supplement
"A celebrated activist for the California redwoods holds nothing back in this indictment of the organizations to blame for cutting down almost the entire redwood forest in the name of economic growth." Saturday Evening Post
"The book triumphs ... urgently of the moment. ... Greg King is an authoritative guide for this journey. ... The Ghost Forest may eventually read as a prequel to the ghost planet." Science
“Haunting … [a] wholly engrossing, urgent account of redwood preservation.” Kirkus, starred review
"King’s dogged research turns up … a sobering accounting of the forces environmentalists are up against.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
One of "10 books to add to your reading list this June." Los Angeles Times
Greg King "is the sole person who could have researched and written this definitive history. ... The story King tells is personal, riveting, and blunt.” Environmental History (full review below)
"Likely to become a classic. ... For anyone concerned with the environment and its defense, this book is an essential read." North Coast Journal
“[A] passionate book. … King’s engaging narrative exposes the maneuvering of lumber companies that plundered redwood forests for decades. …” Library Journal, starred review
“Haunting and inspiring … vivid storytelling and meticulous research offer readers a profound understanding of the forces behind the decimation of these ancient ecosystems and the valiant efforts to protect what remains.” Arlington Magazine
“A classic tale of David meeting Goliath … will likely become a fast favorite for anyone interested in the fate of trees.” Cascadia Daily News
“The Ghost Forest is the book I’ve long wished someone would write, and Greg King has done it luminously well. He tells the epic story of the destruction of 96 percent of the primeval redwoods in California—including the criminal and bankrupt horrors of ‘liquidation logging’ done in the 1980s and 90s by corporate raider Charles Hurwitz and the Maxxam Corporation. And he tells the story of activists and protesting tree climbers (including himself) who put their lives on the line to save the Headwaters Forest Reserve, a jewel of the redwood realm.”—Richard Preston, author of The Wild Trees and The Hot Zone
“The farther I traveled into The Ghost Forest the more convinced I became I was reading an epic. It is encyclopedic in historical knowledge and detail, deeply felt in its love of redwood country, and fierce in its passion for saving the last remnants of old growth forest from rapacious and unconstrained capitalism.”—Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain and The Trackers
“Ghost Forest is a haunting requiem for one of Earth’s magnificent forests. Human survival has rested on our ability to recognize opportunity by exploiting the planet’s abundance. Once armed with fossil fuels and machines, we have felled entire ecosystems to serve our limitless demands. King’s feelings of awe, humility, and love before giant redwoods are needed to slake our drawdown of the rest of nature.”—David Suzuki, OBE, international climate activist and author of Tree: A Life Story
“The Ghost Forest is long overdue. The book is a page‑turner, a calibrated adventure of the highest sort. At last we have a comprehensive accounting of the entire ancient redwood ecosystem that once stood, who cut it down, and who stepped up to save these fabulous trees—a story necessarily written by the most committed of redwood defenders. I have followed Greg King’s work since 1987, just after he left a successful career as a journalist to lead an audacious fight for the last redwoods. Yet it is this journalist’s eye for detail, and for the complex history of redwood logging and protection, that makes The Ghost Forest such an important contributor to the canon of American conservation.”—Yvon Chouinard, founder, Patagonia, Inc.
Appearances and articles by Greg King here.
The Next Big Idea Club has chosen The Ghost Forest as a "must-read" title. The book discovery platform and subscription book club is curated by Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Daniel Pink, and Adam Grant.
From the University of Chicago Press: Greg King "is the sole person who could have researched and written
this definitive history. ... The story King tells is personal, riveting, and blunt.”