"Like some Greek epic poem spanning 4,000 years of civilization...an impressive array of research and a novel topic." "Perlin deftly combines a balance of social and ecological values as well as lessons for the immediate future." -- John Brosnahan "A journey through time-a sort of Western Civ. 101 with a focus on the crucial role of wood in the rise and fall of states and cultures...Solid survey that adds significant dimension to our picture of the current crisis." "This work...captures the significant impact of wood on past and present civilizations. ...well written and well illustrated." -- M. J. Zwolinski "This book takes one those bold imaginative steps through world history that leaves you full of excitement, as suddenly events seem to fall into a pattern for the first time. Perlin not only presents us with a bold hypothesis profusely documented and illustrated, he does it with a story-teller's pace and ability to surprise." "Well documented and illustrated, it is history at its best."
About the Author
John Perlin has also authored A Golden Thread: Twenty-Five Hundred Years of Solar Architecture and Technology (with Ken Butti) and From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity. He researched and wrote the narrative for the film Power from the Sun with Nobel Laureates Drs. Walter Kohn and Alan Heeger. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.