Oak: The Frame of Civilization

Oak: The Frame of Civilization

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by William Bryant Logan
     
 

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The ultimate distance race is within your reach—a completely updated edition of the now-classic work.
Professional arborist and award-winning nature writer William Bryant Logan deftly relates the delightful history of the reciprocal relationship between humans and oak trees since time immemorial—a profound link that has almost been forgotten. From

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The ultimate distance race is within your reach—a completely updated edition of the now-classic work.
Professional arborist and award-winning nature writer William Bryant Logan deftly relates the delightful history of the reciprocal relationship between humans and oak trees since time immemorial—a profound link that has almost been forgotten. From the ink of Bach’s cantatas, to the first boat to reach the New World, to the wagon, the barrel, and the sword, oak trees have been a constant presence throughout our history. In fact, civilization prospered where oaks grew, and for centuries these supremely adaptable, generous trees have supported humankind in nearly every facet of life. “With an unabashed enthusiasm for his subject” (Carol Haggas, Booklist) Logan combines science, philosophy, spirituality, and history with a contagious curiosity about why the natural world works the way it does. At once humorous and reverent, “this splendid acknowledgment of a natural marvel” (Publishing News) reintroduces the oak tree so that we might see its vibrant presence throughout our history and our modern world.

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The mighty oak is omnipresent in human history. Visible throughout the world's temperate zones, this magnificent tree has long sustained both humans and animals with shelter and acorns. In addition, oak has been central to religious rites, heating, homemaking, and travel by land and sea. Ink from oak galls advanced the written word; oak casks have made possible food and drink storage and transport; and oak ships have fought major naval battles that have determined political and economic history. A fascinating look at the world's most distinguished deciduous tree.

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ISBN-13:
9780393327786
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/24/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
373,333
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

William Bryant Logan is a Quill & Trowel Award-winning writer, a member of the faculty at the New York Botanical Garden, a sought-after lecturer and teacher, and a practicing arborist. He is the author of Oak and Dirt, the latter of which was made into an award-winning documentary. He lives in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

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Oak: The Frame of Civilization 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
Logan presents an interesting perspective of human civilization from oak trees including the tree, acorns, and wood. He highlights some particular oaks and specific structures with fine details and deep considerations of how these shaped our civilization. The book is more about these structures than oak trees themselves. We have built on that history but still use oaks in many ways. He concludes his book with a nice chapter on oak ecology and a final comparison with the Eiffel Tower. He does a bit of philosophizing, value projecting, and referencing Christian scriptures/interpretation as well. I found the book well written, informative and interesting. I recommend this book for those interested in history, architecture, boats/ships, and oaks.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot line! Can't wait to hear more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iwould recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She waited for the mysterious cat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep up the good work! XD
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Hello
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Awesome
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Great
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Bei!))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"They ready hate me..." he sighs. (Yeh. Busy anyway. Wont check here again til tomorrow. Bye!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are apprentices alowed to travel cause ive been to a lot of dens
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read mine at norman douglas first res