American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation

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Eric Rutkow's "deeply fascinating" ("The Boston Globe") work shows how trees were essential to the early years of the republic and indivisible from the country's rise as both an empire and a civilization. Among "American Canopy"'s many captivating stories: the Liberty Trees, where colonists gathered to plot rebellion against the British; Henry David Thoreau's famous retreat into the woods; the creation of New York City's Central Park; the great fire of 1871 that killed a thousand people in the lumber town of Peshtigo, ...

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