American Canopy - by Eric Rutkow (Paperback)
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Number of Pages: 406
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Book theme: Trees
Author: Eric Rutkow
Street Date: April 2, 2013
Item Number (DPCI): 248-82-2904
"For those who see our history through the traditional categories of politics, economics, and culture, a delightful feast awaits. In this remarkably inventive book, Eric Rutkow looks at our national experience through the lens of our magnificent trees, showing their extraordinary importance in shaping how we lived, thrived, and expanded as a people. A beautifully written, devilishly original piece of work." --David Oshinsky, winner of the Pulitzer Prize "Both delightful and enlightening--a book filled with fascinations and surprises about a subject I had never though about (much less read about) before. That it's written with such charm and grace only intensifies its appeal." --Daniel Okrent, bestselling author of Last Call "American Canopy marks the debut of an uncommonly gifted young historian and writer. Ranging across four centuries of history, Eric Rutkow shows the manifold ways in which trees--and woodland--and wood--have shaped the contours of American life and culture. And because he has managed to build the story around gripping events and lively characters, the book entertains as much as it informs. All in all, a remarkable performance!" --John Demos, Bancroft Prize winner and National Book Award finalist "In American Canopy, Eric Rutkow works a wonderful magic. He takes the most obvious of things--trees--and weaves an astounding and complex narrative that ranges across American history." --S.C. Gwynne, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell "Right from its quietly shocking prelude--the cavalier and surprisingly recent murder of the oldest living thing in North America--Eric Rutkow's splendid saga shows, through a chain of stories and biographical sketches that are intimate, fresh, and often startling, how trees have shaped every aspect of our national life. Here is the tree as symbol and as tool, as companion and enemy, as a tonic for our spirits and the indispensable ingredient of our every enterprise from the colonization voyages to the transcontinental railroad to Levittown. The result, both fascinating and valuable, is a short of shadow history of America. Toward the end of his finest novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald writes that the 'vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby's house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams.' American Canopy retrieves those trees and does full-rigged (on tall, white-pine masts) justice to the dream." --Richard Snow, author of Iron Dawn
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