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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.; New Ed edition (6 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039332947X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393329476
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 0.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Logan displays a precision of language that would be envied by any poet." The Independent"

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William Bryant Logan is a Quill & Trowel Award-winning writer, a member of the faculty at the New York Botanical Garden, a sought-after lecturer and teacher, and a practicing arborist. He is the author of Oak and Dirt, the latter of which was made into an award-winning documentary. He lives in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec. 1997
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Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth by William Bryant Logan is an enlightening and heartening read for anyone who studies the earth in science or daily living. Although a few of the factoids are not quite correct (watch that logarithmic scale!), this book is full of fascinating science of the soil, surrounded by heartfelt prose. Logan makes earth-centered philosophy accessible to anyone who has ever had a gut feeling that the land is good. The religion of the soil he presents is unobtrusive, yet all-pervading. Read it and feel good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elfinbones on 5 Aug. 2010
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Reads like a collection of nicely nicely essays for his Parish Magazine.
Should not be recommended along side 'Eating the Sun' or 'The Emerald Planet' both of which I enjoyed for their scientific content and real issues concerning the state of our planet and how important plants were in our evolution.Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth
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By Elisabeth on 16 April 2009
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Dirt is beautifully written by a horticultural expert.
The author knows his stuff - and how to put it across.
Dirt makes you realise the importance of soil, how it is a natural resource that must be safeguarded. Chemical fertiliser might give the plants a temporary boost but it does not feed the soil.

In contrast fertilising the organic way - by recycling and composting down green/animal waste, judicious crop rotations and growing nitrogen-fixing crops such as clover - feeds and replenishes the soil, and helps built it back and be fertile.

if you are the poetic, literary type who also likes learning about science - this is the book for you.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Reviewer on 15 April 2010
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I had hoped for a series of essays on the science and ecology of the soil that covers much of the land surface of the Earth, but found the book riddled with religion instead. Very disappointing.
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