The author shares his protagonists’ passion for tall trees, and he mastered the techniques of tall-tree climbing to tell the story in The Wild Trees—the story of the fate of the world’s most splendid forests and of the imperiled biosphere itself. Until recently, redwoods were thought to be virtually impossible to ascend, and the canopy at the tops of these majestic trees was undiscovered.
Humans move through the deep canopy suspended on ropes, far out of sight of the ground, knowing that the price of a small mistake can be a plunge to one’s death. Ninety-six percent of the ancient redwood forests have been destroyed by logging, but the untouched fragments that remain are among the great wonders of nature.
The deep redwood canopy is a vertical eden filled with mosses, all growing out of massive trunk systems that have fused and formed flying buttresses, spotted salamanders, hanging gardens of ferns, hollowed out by fire, lichens, and thickets of huckleberry bushes, sometimes carved into blackened chambers, called “fire caves.
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring #ad - Thick layers of soil sitting on limbs harbor animal and plant life that is unknown to science. They take big risks, they ignore common wisdom such as the notion that there’s nothing left to discover in North America, and they even make love in hammocks stretched between branches three hundred feet in the air.
Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of ScienceRandom House #ad - The brilliant russian brothers–“one mathematician divided between two bodies”–who built a supercomputer in their apartment from mail-order parts in an attempt to find hidden order in the number pi π. In fascinating, richard preston portrays the frightening forces and constructive discoveries that are currently roiling and reordering our world, and exhilarating detail, once again proving himself a master of the nonfiction narrative and, as noted in The Washington Post, intimate, “a science writer with an uncommon gift for turning complex biology into riveting page-turners.
”. From the hot zone to the demon in the freezer and beyond, Richard Preston’s bestselling works have mesmerized readers everywhere by showing them strange worlds of nature they never dreamed of. Here are dramatic true stories from this acclaimed and award-winning author, including: • The phenomenon of “self-cannibals, ” who suffer from a rare genetic condition caused by one wrong letter in their DNA that forces them to compulsively chew their own flesh–and why everyone may have a touch of this disease.
Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science #ad - Bizarre illnesses and plagues that kill people in the most unspeakable ways. Obsessive and inspired efforts by scientists to solve mysteries and save lives. Panic in level 4 is a grand tour through the eerie and unforgettable universe of Richard Preston, filled with incredible characters and mysteries that refuse to leave one’s mind.
The search for the unknown host of ebola virus, an organism hidden somewhere in African rain forests, where the disease finds its way into the human species, causing outbreaks of unparalleled horror.
Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to ComeRandom House #ad - By the end—as the virus mutated into its deadliest form, 000 people would be infected, and spread farther and faster than ever before—30, and the dead would be spread across eight countries on three continents. In our ever more interconnected world, with roads and towns cut deep into the jungles of equatorial Africa, viruses both familiar and undiscovered are being unleashed into more densely populated areas than ever before.
In this taut and suspenseful medical drama, in which we saw for the first time the specter of Ebola jumping continents, Richard Preston deeply chronicles the outbreak, crossing the Atlantic, and infecting people in America. The ensuing global drama activated health professionals in North America, Europe, and Africa in a desperate race against time to contain the viral wildfire.
Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come #ad - Preston writes of doctors and nurses in the field putting their own lives on the line, of government bureaucrats and NGO administrators moving, often fitfully, to try to contain the outbreak, and of pharmaceutical companies racing to develop drugs to combat the virus. Crisis in the red zone makes clear that the outbreak of 2013–2014 is a harbinger of further, and of emerging viruses heretofore unimagined—in any country, more severe outbreaks, on any continent.
He also explores the charged ethical dilemma over who should and did receive the rare doses of an experimental treatment when they became available at the peak of the disaster. New york times bestseller • the 2013–2014 ebola epidemic was the deadliest ever—but the outbreaks continue. Crisis in the red zone is an exquisitely timely book, a stark warning of viral outbreaks to come.
Rich in characters and conflict—physical, emotional, and ethical—Crisis in the Red Zone is an immersion in one of the great public health calamities of our time.
Nature's Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth ForestsTimber Press #ad - What emerges is a portrait of a beautiful, intricate, and fragile ecosystem that now exists only in scattered fragments. It offers a rare view into how the life-forms in an ancient, fungi, undisturbed forest—including not only its majestic trees but also its insects, plant life, and mammals—differ from the life-forms in a forest manipulated by humans.
In nature’s temples, joan maloof, the director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, makes a heartfelt and passionate case for their importance. Not only are they home to the richest diversity of creatures, but they work hard for humans too. New york times book review an old-growth forest is one that has formed naturally over a long period of time with little or no disturbance from humankind.
Nature's Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests #ad - Maloof eloquently urges us to cherish the wildness of what little old-growth woodlands we have left. Black-and-white illustrations by Andrew Joslin help clarify scientific concepts and capture the beauty of ancient trees. They are increasingly rare and largely misunderstood. . This evocative and accessible narrative defines old-growth and provides a brief history of forests.
First Light: The Search for the Edge of the UniverseRandom House #ad - In first light, he demonstrates his gift for creating an exciting and absorbing narrative around a complex scientific subject--in this case the efforts by astronomers at the Palomar Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains of California to peer to the farthest edges of space through the Hale Telescope, attempting to solve the riddle of the creation of the universe.
Richard preston's name became a household word with the hot zone, which sold nearly 800, 000 copies in hardcover, was on The New York Times's bestseller list for 42 weeks, and was the subject of countless magazine and newspaper articles. Seven years before richard Preston wrote about horrifying viruses in The Hot Zone, he turned his attention to the cosmos.
First Light: The Search for the Edge of the Universe #ad - Preston has become a sought-after commentator on popular science subjects.
The Demon in the Freezer: A True StoryRandom House #ad - Preston reports, in unprecedented detail, on the government’ s response to the attacks and takes us into the ongoing FBI investigation. Eradicated from the planet in 1979 in one of the great triumphs of modern science, in only two high-security freezers-at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and in Siberia, officially, the smallpox virus now resides, at a Russian virology institute called Vector.
The bard of biological weapons captures the drama of the front lines. Richard danzig, former secretary of the navy the first major bioterror event in the United States-the anthrax attacks in October 2001-was a clarion call for scientists who work with “hot” agents to find ways of protecting civilian populations against biological weapons.
Steven Hatfill. It is almost certain that illegal stocks are in the possession of hostile states, including Iraq and North Korea. Usamriid went into a state of delta alert on September 11 and activated its emergency response teams when the first anthrax letters were opened in New York and Washington, D.
The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story #ad - C. His story is based on interviews with top-level FBI agents and with Dr. But the demon in the freezer has been set loose. In the demon in the freezer, richard preston takes us into the heart of usamriid, maryland, his first nonfiction book since The Hot Zone, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, a #1 New York Times bestseller, once the headquarters of the U.
King Sequoia: The Tree That Inspired a Nation, Created Our National Park System, and Changed the Way We Think about NatureHeyday #ad - Tweed takes readers on a tour of the big trees in a narrative that travels deep into the Sierras, around the West, and all the way to New Zealand; and in doing so he explores the American public’s evolving relationship with sequoias. Featuring an entrancing cast of adventurers, and environmentalists, researchers, politicians, King Sequoia reveals how one tree species has transformed Americans’ connection to the natural world.
It comes as no surprise that the groves in yosemite and Calaveras were early tourist destinations, as this species that predated Christ and loomed over all the world’s other trees was the embodiment of California’s superlative, almost unbelievable appeal. The history of california’s big treesFrom a towering tree, one of California’s preeminent naturalists unspools a history that echoes across generations and continents.
King Sequoia: The Tree That Inspired a Nation, Created Our National Park System, and Changed the Way We Think about Nature #ad - And sequoias’ influence doesn’t end there: as science evolved to consider landscapes more holistically, sequoias were once again at the heart of this attitudinal shift. When sequoias were threatened by logging interests, the feelings of horror that this desecration evoked in people catalyzed protection efforts; in a very direct way, this species inspired the Park Idea.
Former park ranger William C.
The Overstory: A NovelW. W. Norton & Company #ad - From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.
There is a world alongside ours—vast, magnificently inventive, slow, interconnected, resourceful, and almost invisible to us. Winner of the pulitzer prize in fiction#1 new york times bestsellershortlisted for the man booker PrizeA New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and really just one of the best novels, Newsweek, Oprah Magazine, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year"The best novel ever written about trees, Time, period.
The Overstory: A Novel #ad - Ann patchettthe overstory, winner of the 2019 pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world.
Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle to Save the RedwoodsHarperOne #ad - On december 18, julia butterfly hill's feet touched the ground for the first time in over two years, " a thousandyear-old redwood in Humboldt County, as she descended from "Luna, 1999, California. Hill had climbed 180 feet up into the tree high on a mountain on December 10, 1997, for what she thought would be a two- to three-week-long "tree-sit.
The action was intended to stop pacific Lumber, a division of the Maxxam Corporation, from the environmentally destructive process of clear-cutting the ancient redwood and the trees around it. Indeed, when she first climbed into Luna, she had no way of knowing the harrowing weather conditions and the attacks on her and her cause.
Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods #ad - Shenever expected to be honored as one of good housekeeping's "most admired women of 1998" and George magazine's "20 Most Interesting Women in Politics, " to be featured in People magazine's "25 Most Intriguing People of the Year" issue, or to receive hundreds of letters weekly from young people around the world.
She couldn't predict the pain of being an eyewitness to the attempted destruction of one of the last ancient redwood forests in the world, nor could she anticipate the immeasurable strength she would gain or the life lessons she would learn from Luna. The area immediately next to luna had already been stripped and, as many believed, a huge part of the hill had slid into the town of Stafford, nothing was left to hold the soil to the mountain, because, wiping out many homes.
Over the course of what turned into an historic civil action, helicopter harassment, a ten-day siege by company security guards, Hill endured El Nino storms, and the tremendous sorrow brought about by an old-growth forest's destruction. She had no idea of the loneliness she would face or that her feet wouldn't touch ground for more than two years.
This story--written while she lived on a tiny platform eighteen stories off the ground--is one that only she can tell.
The Cobra Event: A NovelBallantine Books #ad - What she finds precipitates a federal crisis. The details of this story are fictional, but they are based on a scrupulously thorough inquiry into the history of biological weapons and their use by civilian and military terrorists. The cobra event is set in motion one spring morning in New York City, when a seventeen-year-old student wakes up feeling vaguely ill.
Hours later she is having violent seizures, blood is pouring out of her nose, and she has begun a hideous process of self-cannibalization. Richard preston's sources include members of the FBI and the United States military, public health officials, intelligence officers in foreign governments, and scientists who have been involved in the testing of strategic bioweapons.
The Cobra Event: A Novel #ad - Soon, other gruesome deaths of a similar nature have been discovered, and the Centers for Disease Control sends a forensic pathologist to investigate. The accounts of what they have seen and what they expect to happen are chilling. The cobra event is a dramatic, heart-stopping account of a very real threat, told with the skill and authority that made Preston's The Hot Zone an internationally acclaimed bestseller.
Oak: The Frame of CivilizationW. W. Norton & Company #ad - From the ink of bach’s cantatas to the first boat to reach the New World, and the sword, the barrel, the wagon, oak trees have been a constant presence in our past. For centuries these supremely adaptable, generous trees have supported humankind in nearly every facet of life. With reverence, humor, and compassion, Logan awakens us to the vibrant presence of the oak throughout our history and in today’s world.
A dazzling book, full of knowledge and rare wisdom, too" —thomas Pakenham, author of Remarkable Trees of the WorldProfessional arborist and award-winning nature writer William Bryant Logan deftly relates the delightful history of the reciprocal relationship between humans and oak trees since time immemorial.
Oak: The Frame of Civilization #ad - Yet we’ve largely forgotten the oak’s role in civilization.