A Natural History of North American Trees (Donald Culross Peattie Library)

A Natural History of North American Trees (Donald Culross Peattie Library)

Donald Culross Peattie


"A quantity for a life-time" is how The New Yorker defined the 1st of Donald Culross Peatie's books approximately American bushes released within the Nineteen Fifties. during this one-volume variation, glossy readers are brought to 1 of the simplest nature writers of the final century. As we learn Peattie's eloquent and exciting money owed of yankee bushes, we trap glimpses of our country's background and previous everyday life that no textbook may possibly ever light up so vividly.

Here you will find out about every little thing from how a species was once stumbled on to the half it performed in our country’s historical past. Pioneers frequently stabled an animal within the hole center of an previous sycamore, and the complete kin may well 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 timber; Daniel Boone carved a sixty-foot canoe from one tree to hold his relatives from Kentucky into Spanish territory. within the days ahead of the Revolution, the British and the colonists waged an undeclared battle over New England's white pines, which made the easiest tall masts for scuffling with ships.

It's interesting to benefit concerning the advertisement makes use of of varied woods -- for paper, tremendous furnishings, fence posts, matchsticks, apartment framing, aircraft wings, and dozens of different preplastic makes use of. yet we won't learn this ebook with out the occasional lump in our throats. the yank elm was once nonetheless alive whilst Peattie wrote, yet as we learn his account this day we will be able to see what prompted 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 whilst the beech wooded area was once destroyed.

A typical historical past of North American Trees provides us an image of lifestyles in the USA from its earliest days to the center of the final century. the data is often fascinating, notwithstanding usually heartbreaking. whereas Peattie seems for the higher facet of man's nature, he studies sorrowfully at the greed and waste that experience doomed lots of America's virgin forest.

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