By Donald Culross Peattie

ISBN-10: 0618799044

ISBN-13: 9780618799046

ISBN-10: 1595341668

ISBN-13: 9781595341662

"A quantity for an entire life" is how The New Yorker defined the 1st of Donald Culross Peatie's books approximately American timber released within the Nineteen Fifties. during this one-volume variation, glossy readers are brought to at least one of the easiest nature writers of the final century. As we learn Peattie's eloquent and unique bills of yank timber, we capture glimpses of our country's historical past and earlier lifestyle that no textbook may well ever light up so vividly.

Here you will know about every little thing from how a species was once found to the half it performed in our country’s historical past. Pioneers frequently stabled an animal within the hole middle of an outdated sycamore, and the full relations may well reside there till they can construct a log cabin. The tuliptree, the tallest local hardwood, is simpler to paintings than such a lot softwood timber; Daniel Boone carved a sixty-foot canoe from one tree to hold his family members from Kentucky into Spanish territory. within the days sooner than the Revolution, the British and the colonists waged an undeclared battle over New England's white pines, which made the easiest tall masts for struggling with ships.

It's interesting to benefit concerning the advertisement makes use of of assorted woods -- for paper, effective furnishings, fence posts, matchsticks, residence framing, plane wings, and dozens of alternative preplastic makes use of. yet we can't learn this publication with no the occasional lump in our throats. the yankee elm used to be nonetheless alive while Peattie wrote, yet as we learn his account this present day we will see what prompted its loss of life. Audubon's portrait of a couple of loving passenger pigeons in an American beech is taken into account through many to be his maximum portray. It definitely touched the poet in Donald Culross Peattie as he depicted the extinction of the passenger pigeon whilst the beech woodland was once destroyed.

A typical historical past of North American Trees offers us an image of existence in the US from its earliest days to the center of the final century. the data is usually attention-grabbing, although usually heartbreaking. whereas Peattie seems for the higher aspect of man's nature, he experiences sorrowfully at the greed and waste that experience doomed rather a lot of America's virgin forest.

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