A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization

A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization

by John Perlin
     
 

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A contemporary view of the effects of wood, as used for building and fuel, and of deforestation on the development of civilization.

Until the ascendancy of fossil fuels, wood has been the principal fuel and building material from the dawn of civilization. Its abundance or scarcity greatly shaped, as A Forest Journey ably relates, the culture,

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A contemporary view of the effects of wood, as used for building and fuel, and of deforestation on the development of civilization.

Until the ascendancy of fossil fuels, wood has been the principal fuel and building material from the dawn of civilization. Its abundance or scarcity greatly shaped, as A Forest Journey ably relates, the culture, demographics, economy, internal and external politics, and technology of successive societies over the millennia.

The book's comprehensive coverage of the major role forests have played in human life--told with grace, fluency, imagination, and humor—gained it recognition as a Harvard Classic in Science and World History and as one of Harvard's "One-Hundred Great Books." Others receiving the honor include such luminaries as Stephen Jay Gould and E. O. Wilson. This new paperback edition will add a prologue and an epilogue to reflect the current situation in which forests have become imperative for humanity's survival.

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“This book takes one those bold imaginative steps through world history that leaves you full of excitement, as suddenly events seem to fall into a pattern for the first time. Perlin not only presents us with a bold hypothesis profusely documented and illustrated, he does it with a story-teller’s pace and ability to surprise.”
Choice
This work...captures the significant impact of wood on past and present civilizations. ...well written and well illustrated.— M. J. Zwolinski
Booklist
Perlin deftly combines a balance of social and ecological values as well as lessons for the immediate future.— John Brosnahan
Los Angeles Times
“Like some Greek epic poem spanning 4,000 years of civilization…an impressive array of research and a novel topic.”
Forest History Today
The new edition of Perlin's landmark work again brings needed attention to one of the primary concerns of the modern era.— Elizabeth Hall
Forest and Conservation History
“'Delight' is not a word one expects to use in connection with deforestation, but John Perlin has certainly written a delightful book...It deserves to be a classic and should make a welcome present for anyone who enjoys a good read.”
American Forests
“Well documented and illustrated, it is history at its best.”
M. J. Zwolinski - Choice
“This work...captures the significant impact of wood on past and present civilizations. ...well written and well illustrated.”
John Brosnahan - Booklist
“Perlin deftly combines a balance of social and ecological values as well as lessons for the immediate future.”
Elizabeth Hall - Forest History Today
“The new edition of Perlin's landmark work again brings needed attention to one of the primary concerns of the modern era.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781581579154
Publisher:
Countryman Press, The
Publication date:
08/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
1,116,628
File size:
9 MB

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