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Product Details

  • Paperback: 538 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481810308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481810302
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert W. Fuller earned his Ph.D. in physics at Princeton University and taught at Columbia, where he co-authored Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics. After serving as president of Oberlin College, he became a "citizen diplomat," working toward improving international relations during the Cold War. During the 1990s, he served as board chair of the non-profit global corporation Internews and promoted democracy via free and independent media. When the Cold War ended with the collapse of the USSR, Fuller reflected on his career and realized that he had been, at different times in his life, a somebody and a nobody. His periodic sojourns into "Nobodyland" led him to identify rankism--abuse of the power inherent in rank--and ultimately to write Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank. Three years later, he published a sequel that focuses on building a "dignitarian society" titled All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity. With co-author Pamela Gerloff, he has also published Dignity for All: How to Create a World Without Rankism. His most recent books are Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship?, From Genome to Wenome: The Key to Universal Dignity, and The Rowan Tree: A Novel.

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ROBERT W. FULLER earned his Ph.D. in physics at Princeton University and taught at Columbia, where he co-authored MATHEMATICS OF CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM PHYSICS. After serving as president of Oberlin College, he became a "citizen diplomat," working toward improving international relations during the Cold War. During the 1990s, he served as board chair of the non-profit global corporation Internews and promoted democracy via free and independent media. When the Cold War ended with the collapse of the USSR, Fuller reflected on his career and realized that he had been, at different times in his life, a somebody and a nobody. His periodic sojourns into "Nobodyland" led him to identify rankism--abuse of the power inherent in rank--and ultimately to write SOMEBODIES AND NOBODIES: OVERCOMING THE ABUSE OF RANK. Three years later, he published a sequel that focuses on building a "dignitarian society" titled ALL RISE: SOMEBODIES, NOBODIES, AND THE POLITICS OF DIGNITY. With co-author Pamela Gerloff, he has also published DIGNITY FOR ALL: HOW TO CREATE A WORLD WITHOUT RANKISM. His most recent books are RELIGION AND SCIENCE: A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP?, GENOMES, MENOMES, WENOMES: NEUROSCIENCE AND HUMAN DIGNITY, and THE ROWAN TREE: A NOVEL.

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It is well written, has good character development.
D. Mandt
What a great vision this writer has to have been able to write so eloquently, so knowledgeable and with so much passion!
Raine
The Rowan Tree is an excellent read and I'm hoping it will soon be available in audio as well as print form.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By shayne1 on December 7, 2013
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The narrative takes the reader to unexpected places, cleverly spanning history with glimpses of a future possible. The philosophy could have so easily been overdone, but instead allowed the characters to evolve in each of their own story arcs. I have been reflecting on my own responses ever since. Read it and allow the lessons to shape your own story...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Justine Toms on February 9, 2013
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I'm a big fan of historical fiction. I believe emotional truth is often spoken more clearly in fiction than in non-fiction. For sure, it can be more eloquent and can more effectively get past the habitual barriers posed by our rational minds. This is the case for The Rowan Tree by Dr. Robert Fuller. He's covered a lot of ground in this novel, from the tumultuous 60s, with its seething campuses, into a vision of the world in the late 2020s. I've always known that we imagine something before it can manifest and Fuller has painted a grand portrait of deep listening and dignity that we can live our way into. I loved this book. The Rowan Tree is an excellent read and I'm hoping it will soon be available in audio as well as print form.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dabí Sánchez on March 1, 2013
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Bob Fuller is the Jean-Paul Sartre of his time and place. Actually he is better than Sartre because he doesn't fall for political manias and he knows how to avoid philosophical entrapments in his fiction, so his characters are flesh-and-blood humans and not (as in Sartre) intellectual constructs. Early in life Fuller established himself as a scientist--his work on physics is a classic text, still in use--and then he made the extraordinary jump to being a humanist. His literary gifts are hard-won, in the same way that a great actor's assumptions are hard-won; loveliness wrought from sheer iron. The reader's reward is the pure taste of authenticity, and the comfortable sense of wisdom and learning that live unobtrusively behind the creation on the page. Your ascent to the heights is good and steady. This author takes time and richly repays the investment of one's effort. As for the money, well, it's a song. If you were lucky enough to find this page, treat yourself to the gift within. Disillusion is widespread in other places, but there's not a particle of it here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Judson on March 29, 2013
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Combining the best aspects of mystery, romance, political thriller, and future utopian vision, i found Fuller's characters involving and compelling. Using fiction to put forward a vision of a more perfect world - one that is possible to come to be - is a noble and ambitious project, and Fuller has done a fabulous job of it!

This one i will read again, and again.

Lou Judson
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kim Spencer on March 12, 2013
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I've been enjoying Robert Fuller's new novel, a family story that enlightens as it winds through our generation's national and global challenges. Its a compelling narrative based on the theories that Bob first presented in his classic 2004 book: "Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank"
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Hoffman on February 17, 2013
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Robert Fuller's "The Rowan Tree" is a monumental tale--a modern-day Arthurian legend imbued with utopian idealism. Knowing Fuller as a mathematician--he is the author of the classic textbook on quantum physics (Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics)--I expected a dry, didactic tome. It is anything but! Fuller tells a compelling and complex tale of love stories: a young college President with a black student activist, their son's unknowing tryst with his half-sister, and others. The book explores territory on the other side of several taboos. There are numerous plot changes. The characters are vibrant, indelible. The story moves with astonishing speed. Along the way, we learn about some of the most important issues of our times--nuclear disarmament, sexual identities, racism, etc. The underlying theme throughout is Fuller's passion for dignity, which underlies each of the conflicts and human frailties we encounter in this marvelous tome. Along the way we learn about educational reform and governance, go backstage in the world of classical ballet and follow the hero and his son's journey to transform the world's political system along "dignitarian" lines. It is a compelling story, filled with utopian idealism and unforgettable characters. You won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wilson on December 29, 2013
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A whim, some time and a title close to my heart, drew me to select this book. Before I knew it, I was captured, wanting to know more about these complicated driven people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Fletcher on February 2, 2014
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I enjoyed the 50 year perspective of the changes in attitude as well as the interaction of the love interest with real problems of the world.
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