Oak : The Frame of Civilization
The oak tree is found throughout the temperate zones of the world; knowing how to use it has made an astonishing difference to human history. Acorn-eating has sustained humans and animals; oak has been central to religious rites, heating, homemaking and travel by land and sea; the ink from oak galls advanced the written word; oak casks have made possible food and drink storage and transport; oak ships have fought the dramatic naval battles that determined political and economic history. William Briant Logan combines science, philosophy, spirituality and history with a quirky curiosity about why the natural world works the way it does. In lively literary prose, he narrates the biography of the tree that since time immemorial has been a symbol of loyalty and strength, generosity and renewal.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 139.7 x 213.4 x 30.5mm | 476.28g
- 01 Jul 2005
- WW Norton & Co
- New York, United States
About William Bryant Logan
William Bryant Logan is a certified arborist and award-winning writer. He previously wrote a column for the New York Times and contributed to numerous gardening magazines.