- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (November 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143120166
- ISBN-13: 978-0143120162
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Global Forest: Forty Ways Trees Can Save Us Paperback – November 29, 2011
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“On occasion, someone understands a subject so deeply that information is transmuted into wisdom. This book marks one of those occasions – it is rich and hopeful and compelling.”
– Bill McKibben
“Beautifully written . . .this book delves into environmental sciences with a fresh perspective.”
– New Scientist
“The essays of The Global Forest are a beautiful and poetic tribute to their subject, based on wide-ranging scientific knowledge.”
– E.O. Wilson
“Beresford-Kroeger is among the world’s experts in forest medicine . . . She hopes that by educating people about the beneficial effect of forest environments on human health, it will encourage forest repopulation, which will, in turn, counteract the effects of global warming and pollution.” –The Globe and Mail (Canada)
“An important book with many significant insights into the interconnectedness of trees and other life forms.”
– Orion Magazine
About the Author
Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a botanist and medical biochemist who is an expert on the medicinal, environmental, and nutritional properties of trees. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and on NPR. A scientific advisor to the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, she lives in Ontario, Canada.
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A slender volume (166 pages of text, including introduction), it is organized into forty "chapters" that are really 4-6-page essays on specific aspects of tree physiology or chemistry. But perhaps because of the Irish ancestry she references at the outset, with its tradition of storytelling, the form of the essays is far from scientific but rather that of almost mystical, poetic appreciation. They even begin with a subtitle "refrain" that captures the essence of each piece. Yes, the book is full of the amazing facts I was hoping to find - such as the existence of warm-blooded plants and the complex chemistry that trees have evolved in order to survive. And there is a hopeful theme of the potential to reverse global ecologic devastation through reforestation. But most of all this is the sensually and lovingly written ode of a passionate scientist, harking back to writers of more enlightened ages when this would not have been considered an oxymoron. Read it for the information, enjoy it for the style.
The author also makes repeated references to how "the aboriginal peoples" followed this or that practice, seemingly as if they should be considered in unity rather than as countless varieties of people, practices, and cultures over millennia. But perhaps this makes sense from a poetic license perspective. So, If you like your science sprinkled with dream catchers and fairies, this book is for you.
I'm going to buy one as a gift. I hope to meet the author someday - she's a splendid writer who sees no need to follow the paths of others.