A Natural History of North American Trees by Donald Culross Peattie

By Donald Culross Peattie

"A quantity for a lifetime" is how The New Yorker defined the 1st of Donald Culross Peatie's books approximately American timber released within the Fifties. during this one-volume version, glossy readers are brought to 1 of the simplest nature writers of the final century. As we learn Peattie's eloquent and unique debts of yank bushes, we seize glimpses of our country's background and previous way of life that no textbook may well ever remove darkness from so vividly.

Here you'll know about every thing from how a species used to be found to the half it performed in our country’s historical past. Pioneers usually stabled an animal within the hole center of an outdated sycamore, and the total kin may possibly stay there until eventually they can construct a log cabin. The tuliptree, the tallest local hardwood, is simpler to paintings than such a lot softwood bushes; Daniel Boone carved a sixty-foot canoe from one tree to hold his relations from Kentucky into Spanish territory. within the days earlier than the Revolution, the British and the colonists waged an undeclared warfare over New England's white pines, which made the easiest tall masts for scuffling with ships.

It's attention-grabbing to benefit concerning the advertisement makes use of of assorted woods -- for paper, tremendous furnishings, fence posts, matchsticks, apartment framing, aircraft wings, and dozens of alternative preplastic makes use of. yet we can't learn this booklet with no the occasional lump in our throats. the yankee elm was once nonetheless alive while Peattie wrote, yet as we learn his account at the present time we will be able to see what brought on its dying. Audubon's portrait of a couple of loving passenger pigeons in an American beech is taken into account by way of many to be his maximum portray. It definitely touched the poet in Donald Culross Peattie as he depicted the extinction of the passenger pigeon while the beech wooded area used to be destroyed.

A ordinary historical past of North American Trees provides us an image of existence in the USA from its earliest days to the center of the final century. the data is usually fascinating, even though usually heartbreaking. whereas Peattie appears to be like for the higher aspect of man's nature, he experiences sorrowfully at the greed and waste that experience doomed loads of America's virgin wooded area.

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