The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries from A Secret World

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries from A Secret World

by Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery

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The first book in New York Times bestselling author Peter Wohlleben’s The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy. Book two, The Inner Life of Animals, is available now, and the third book, The Secret Wisdom of Nature, is coming in Spring 2019.

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.

After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.

Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771642491
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 24,567
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

After studying forestry, Peter Wohlleben spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission. He left to put his ideas of ecology into practice, and he now runs an environmentally friendly woodland in Huemmel, Germany, where he promotes the return of ancient, sustainability managed forests.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew quite a lot about trees already. This was a whole other level of viewing them, adding considerably to my knowledge and layers of perception around trees and their interactions. However, this was not a text book filled with biological facts. This book had those facts in abundance, but wrapped in the context of a tree's life, and a societal network for these beings that is barely even conceptualized, or even talked of in Dendrology, "the study of trees." When you read this book, prepare to be enlightened.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you’ve ever wondered to what extent trees are alive, then The Hidden Life of Trees is the read for you. Peter Wohlleben excellently maintains the interest of readers while simultaneously introducing advanced topics. Unbeknownst to many people, trees live in complex societies where they communicate and help each other. Wohlleben shares this knowledge that he’s accumulated after spending decades in the forests of Germany. His passion for the subject helps pique the interest of readers. Wohlleben manages to simplify the complex subjects just enough that readers who lack a thorough knowledge in botany will still grasp the concepts that he presents. Readers should be aware that the original book was written in German and has been translated, however very few errors are detectable. I would highly recommend this read for those who have always felt at home in the forest, for it will greatly expand one’s knowledge about the complexity of trees while increasing the yearning to spend time among them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating read. I have a new appreciation for trees. I had no idea how hard trees work to care for each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Reading it felt like walking in the woods with a friend who kindly and knowledgeably shows you everything you can't see and explains the magical complexity of how trees live. The author's style is engaging and conversational.
ChezChez 11 months ago
This is a fascinating book, making trees a wonderful adventure. You can feel the author's underlying passion for trees; unfortunately I do not think the translator was able to successfully capture the passion.