"The physical aspects of the book, including the photographs, are excellent. The language is fresh, vivid, and convincing. It is a good book and true to our understanding of the cutting and rebuilding of the southern forest."
—Journal of Southern History
"What has been created is a useful corporate history of an interesting enterprise. As a study of the successful adaptation of a family business to changing conditions over several generations and as a fairly detailed study of the final $800 million buyout of that enterprise in the 1980s, the book has considerable value."
"Mayor does an excellent job of describing and analyzing the companies of William Buchanan and his successors and of relating their situation to the larger story of the southern forest products industry."
—Business History Review
Whatever his tactics, William Buchanan had a gift for making money. By the time he died in 1923, he was one of the wealthiest men in the South. Southern Timberman is also the story of a strong, volatile family who fought—sometimes among themselves—to preserve that fortune. Tracing the growth of Buchanan’s ventures from the first acre of virgin pine to the charged atmosphere of the corporate boardroom, Mayor paints a compelling family portrait set against the background of America’s oil and timber industries.
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