Trees have been the principal fuel and building material of every society over the millennia, from the time hunters and gatherers first settled until the middle of the nineteenth century. Without vast supplies of wood from forests, the great civilizations of the world would have never emerged. Wood’s abundance or scarcity greatly shaped the culture, demographics, economies, internal and external politics, and technology of successive societies over the millennia.
About the Author
John Perlin is an American author and environmental historian known for his significant contributions to the study of solar energy and renewable resources. With a passion for sustainable technologies, Perlin has authored several influential books, including "A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology," which traces the historical development of solar power. He has played a pivotal role in raising awareness about the importance of renewable energy, environment preservation and advocating for its widespread adoption. Perlin's works combine meticulous research with a compelling narrative, making him a respected figure in the field of environmental literature.Perlin taught physics at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He lives in Santa Barbara.
“A Forest Journey documents the rich history of repeated disasters from human overexploitation of forests. Healing the planet in our climate crisis depends on restoring the richness of the world’s woodlands.”
—Steve Gaines, Dean, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara
“Beginning 380 million years ago, forests made the Earth a paradise. Mankind’s dependency, ignorance and violence regarding forests meld their existence and our own into a Then, Now or Never tale. A Forest Journey is an unforgettable read!”
—Forests Forever, Inc.
Recognized as a Harvard “Classic in Science and World History” and as one of Harvard’s “One Hundred Great Books.”
- Hardcover; 520 pages, printed in full color with over 150 photos throughout
- 18.4 cm x 22.23 cm (7 1/4" X 8 3/4")
- Made in Canada.
- 425 g (15 oz)
- Published by Patagonia
- Online resource folder includes:
Over 1,700 endnotes
An easy to access summary document
Interactive maps documenting the effects of deforestation around the world
A Reader’s Guide
A Teacher’s Guide
Printed on 100% postconsumer recycled paper