A Forest Journey: The Role of Trees in the Fate of Civilization (Revised Originally Published in 1986)

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7.4 X 8.7 X 1.4 inches | 2.66 pounds

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About the Author
John Perlin is the author of four books: A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology; A Forest Journey: A History of Trees and Civilization; From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity; and Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy. Perlin taught physics at University of California, Santa Barbara. He lives in Santa Barbara
"Perlin deftly combines a balance of social and ecological values as well as lessons for the immediate future."
― John Brosnahan, Booklist (previous edition)
"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."
― Book Talks, BBC World Service (previous edition)
In that regard one of my favourite books - and a key text on my undergraduate Plants and People module - is John Perlin's A Forest Journey. Subtitled The Story of Wood and Civilization, Perlin's big idea is that humans are the way we are, etc. because of our relationship with trees, especially the wood that they produce. It's a compelling narrative, told in a highly accessible, engaging - and believable! - way. -- Nigel Chaffey, BotanyOne.com (review of a previous edition)
"This book takes one of those bold imaginative sweeps through history that leave you full of excitement, as suddenly events seem to fall into a pattern for the first time." --British Broadcasting Corporation (about a previous edition)
Patagonia . . . spiffed up the design and inserted dozens of stunning four-color photos. Recommended for most collections, even if they possess a previous edition. --Booklist
Our take: Third time's the charm. This latest update to the classic book is ready to stand the test of time. There's so much good material this time around they had to publish 70 pages of endnotes online. Meanwhile the 500-page physical book is packed with hundreds of gorgeous photos and illustrations that depict the history of trees on Earth and their uncertain future. You'll savor (or worry) over every detail. -- therevelator.org
"A Forest Journey tells us that humanity cannot ignore the glaring telltales of imminent collapse. To save life on our only home, we must protect what's left of Earth's great native forests and wildlife." -- Organic Gardener magazine
"Like some Greek epic poem spanning 4,000 years of civilization...an impressive array of research and a novel topic."
― Los Angeles Times (Previous edition)
"A journey through time―a sort of Western Civ. 101 with a focus on the crucial role of wood in the rise and fall of states and cultures...Solid survey that adds significant dimension to our picture of the current crisis."
― Kirkus Reviews (previous edition)

"To borrow a phrase from the lexicon of animal shelters, it looks like A Forest Journey has found its forever home. Let's hope so, because the message of Perlin's book has never been more timely." -- Time Magazine Online