Expertly weaving together a meticulously studied analysis of industrial processes, ecological processes, economics, labor, race, geography, politics, law, and emerging science and environmental awareness, William Boyd’s treatise on the pulp and paper industry in the South of the United States provides an understandable, comprehensive history of the dynamics at play in shaping and reshaping land and region. Slain Wood paints a compelling picture of the complex array of factors that resulted in this continuing industrial force of the South. Boyd’s methods and writing highlight the need for incorporating multiple areas of study and research – we must look through economic, ecological, social, and political lenses to see the full picture, understand problems, and develop more lasting solutions. For students of history, of environmental externalities, of methodological research, and for anyone looking to learn as they read, I highly recommend this book.
Book review: Slain Wood by William Boyd