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Harvard University Press

Classic in Science and World History, 
100 Books for Every Reader’s Bookshelf, 100 Great Books

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London Times Book Review

Editor’s Interesting Hardbacks,
1990: A Forest Journey

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The Geographic Society of Chicago

Publication of the Year,
1990: A Forest Journey

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2023 Best Designed Book
in the Adult Trade category


A Forest Journey is an approachable, accessible monograph with an impressively broad scope. From construction to fuel to weaponry, Perlin shows that wood may be humanity’s most essential material.
Los Angeles Times
A Forest Journey is a classic because it has stood the test of time. It’s a paean to forests and a reminder to us all that civilizations have crumbled when the land reached its limit. After all the destructive storms, floods, and fires of the past decade, we shouldn’t need reminding that we exploit the Earth at our peril. Forests are a gift.
Santa Barbara Independent
The First Must-Read Environmental Books of 2023 Have Arrived. This latest update to the classic book is ready to stand the test of time...the 500-page physical book is packed with hundreds of gorgeous photos and illustrations that depict the history of trees on Earth and their uncertain future.
The Revelator,
Center for Biological Diversity
Love the cover. Very intriguing and pulls you in. Entire package is top notch.
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PubWest, 2023 Judging Panel
With Patagonia's trademark care, this account of the role of trees in the fate of civilization has been enriched with illustrations and artful production.
Michael Svoboda,
Yale Climate Connections
“A Forest Journey” is as ambitious and comprehensive as its title suggests, imbued by its author with 40 years of expertise.
The UCSB Current
A Forest Journey is a brilliant book that should be compulsory reading for everybody – not just those with an interest in plants and people.
Nigel Chaffey,
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.
Book Talks, BBC World Service
Recommended for most collections, even if they possess a previous edition.
Alan Moores, Booklist

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