Cover: The Depletion Myth: A History of Railroad Use of Timber, from Harvard University PressCover: The Depletion Myth in E-DITION

The Depletion Myth

A History of Railroad Use of Timber

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674418318

Publication Date: 01/01/1971

228 pages


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  • 1. “A Timber Famine is Inevitable”
  • 2. “The Insatiable Juggernaut of the Vegetable World”
  • 3. “How Simple It Would Be”
  • 4. “Let it Rot in the Good Old Way”
  • 5. Sentimentalism Joins Hands with Commercialism”
  • 6. “An Unbridged Gap”
  • 7. “Use Alone Can Create Value”
  • 8. “The Perpetual Emergency”
  • 9. The Myth and the Moral
  • Notes
  • Index

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