Oak: The Frame of Civilization

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 10.36.11 PMThe ink with which Bach wrote down his cantatas. The tall ship that established the American navy.The bread that fed millions in the ancient world. The first bridge. The first boat to reach the New World, and all boats after it for 800 years. The house and the door, the wagon and the barrel, the sword and the saddle, the henge and the church….Oak is at the root of almost everything we know.

In telling the story of this remarkable tree, Logan combines science, philosophy, spirituality, and history with a contagious curiosity about why the natural world works the way it does.

William Logan Bryant (W.W. Norton & Co.)

This is a dazzling book, full of knowledge and rare wisdom, too.”

—Thomas Pakenham, author of Remarkable Trees of the World

This splendid acknowledgment of a natural marvel deserves to be another Longitude.”

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