Oak by William Bryant Logan
The Frame of Civilization

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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—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.

About William Bryant Logan

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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.
Published July 17, 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company. 337 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Logan takes such joy in his subject that he can find humor even in the tanners’ toil: “When the bark came away, it made a noise like a quack, so a party of barkers sounded like a flock of ducks.” The Royal Oak, the democratic oak, an oak for every season and purpose, all respectfully, admiringly ...

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Oak: The Frame of Civilization by William Bryant Logan 320pp, WW Norton and Co, £16.99 During the 18th century's melee of post-Commonwealth patriotism, naval nervousness and landscape make-overs, the oak tree became rather more than the backbone of our "wooden walls".

Nov 05 2005 | Read Full Review of Oak: The Frame of Civilization

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