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Skyscrapers of Nature: ‘Wild Trees’

The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston

Reviewed by Larry Sears
Christian Science Monitor

"All good storytellers find ways to win audiences at the outset and then keep them engaged till the end. It is just this skill that has been the key to Richard Preston's success as a writer. His earlier books (The Hot Zone, The Demon in the Freezer, and The Cobra Event) were medical mysteries in which he proved a master at using complex scientific information to bait a gripping narrative hook. Still, I wondered, would Preston's latest book, The Wild Trees: The Passion and the Daring, a nonfiction work about the scientists who devote their professional and personal lives to the study of botany, offer sufficient thrills to hold my interest throughout? The answer is a decided yes...." Read the entire Christian Science Monitor review.

2 Responses to "Skyscrapers of Nature: ‘Wild Trees’"

    Susan July 20th, 2007 at 9:01 am

    I was fascinated by this story and even dreamt about it. Preston's descriptions of climbing were so easily pictured in my mind. I was able to be with the climbers step by step on their trips up and down the trees. I wished the book would never end as I vicariously lived in the world of those who love trees even more than I do. Being with and learning about the trees and all the life they support are what the climbers' lives are all about. I loved all the living creatures in this book and enjoyed learning a little about what they have to teach us.

    M. D. Vaden February 8th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    If others are like Susan in the previous review, you may be able to continue the book for yourselves, if you visit the redwoods - once, twice or many times. There is still much about the lower forest that ranks with the upper canopy.

    In my work with trees, I'm up in canopies - though not as high - but still find the forest floor level every bit as nice.

    Not only did I read and enjoy The Wild Trees book, but I found the grove of titans for myself...

    One thing I provided, which the book did not, was a color photo of a titan in Jedediah Smith Redwoods.

    It's a one of a kind forest. If you haven't been there, plan a trip this year and enjoy the ocean while you are at it.

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