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The Age of Wood Reviews

The Age of Wood by Roland Ennos

The Age of Wood: Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization

Roland Ennos

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1 review

Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Scribner Book Company
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication date: 1 Dec 2020
ISBN: 9781982114732


A groundbreaking examination of the role that wood and trees have played in our global ecosystem--including human evolution and the rise and fall of empires--in the bestselling tradition of Yuval Harari's Sapiens and Mark Kurlansky's Salt.

5 stars out of 5
John Carey
28 Feb 2021

"a stunning book on the incalculable debt humanity owes to wood"

No review can match the richness of Ennos’s book. There are chapters or sections on coal and charcoal, pottery kilns, modern wooden buildings, techniques of melting and smelting metals, the history of shipbuilding, wind and watermills, deforestation and much else. He is marvellous at describing physical processes. His accounts of plywood manufacture, or of huge Dutch rafts on the Rhine, with rudders 45ft long operated by seven men, will stay with me for a long time. He ends with a plea for us to mend our broken relationship with trees and forests. I felt like cheering.