The Soviets are often viewed as insatiable industrialists who saw nature as a force to be tamed and exploited. Song of the Forest counters this assumption, uncovering significant evidence of Soviet conservation efforts in forestry, particularly under Josef Stalin. In his compelling study, Stephen Brain profiles the leading Soviet-era conservationists, agencies, and administrators, and their efforts to formulate forest policy despite powerful ideological differences. From the visionary teachings of Georgii Morozov, considered the father of modern Russian forestry, to the Great Stalin Plan for the Transformation of Nature and its narrow “belts” of forest planted across the vast Russian steppe, Brain chronicles the major advancements and often bizarre schemes of foresters during an era of political and social upheaval. He also reveals the deep psychological, historical, and cultural ties that connected Russians to the forest, ensuring that its song would not fall upon deaf ears.