When Money Grew on Trees
By Greg Gordon
University of Oklahoma Press, 2014, 504 pages,
Greg Gordon’s new book is part biography and part environmental, labor, and business history. It tells the story of A.B. Hammond, from his beginnings as a teenage lumberjack in Maine through his years at the helm of the Missoula Mercantile and other business interests to his establishment of a logging and wood-processing empire that covered the American West. Hammond and other entrepreneurs exploited the West’s natural features and resources to create major pieces of today’s economy. Gordon earned his master’s degree in environmental studies and doctorate in history at UM.