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Oak: The Frame of Civilization

Oak: The Frame of Civilization

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By (author) William Bryant Logan

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 23mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 25 August 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393327787
  • ISBN 13: 9780393327786
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 234,358

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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. From the ink of Bach's cantatas, to the wagon, the barrel and the sword, oak trees have been a constant presence throughout history. In fact, civilisation prospered where oaks grew and for centuries these supremely adaptable, generous trees have supported humans in nearly every facet of life. In his "quirky eulogy to Quercus" ("The Guardian") Logan combines science, philosophy, spirituality and history with a contagious curiosity about why the natural world works the way it does.

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"His underpinning achievement in this book is to make us appreciate just how central one family of trees has been to a whole spectrum of human activities and achievements... wise and excellent..." Mark Cocker, The Times Literary Supplement * "There is no talk of hugging trees in the extraordinary little book, Oak: The Frame of Civilization, but I feel sure that Logan is a tree-hugger." Stephen Anderton, Literary Review * "A dazzling book, full of knowledge and rare wisdom, too." Thomas Pakenham"