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American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree

by Susan Freinkel

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This book, through the many primary sources gathered by the author, vividly describes the death of nearly all American chestnut trees in the face of an invasive species and the monumental scientific efforts by chestnut lovers to save them. At first I had some trouble getting into the book. As all the different personal stories connected to the story of the chestnut tree began to take shape, it took a little while for them to connect to each other and the different sections seemed a little choppy. This probably wasn’t helped by the fact that I read the first few chapters in short sections even though I ideally like to read at least a chapter in a sitting.

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  DoingDewey | Jun 29, 2014 |
The American Chestnut is a perfect case study of the disastrous affects of invasive species on America’s biodiversity. The story of the American Chestnut species is the main focus of Susan Freinkel’s book. She primarily covers the consequences of this species dramatic decline from a purely human perspective. In fact, she utilized a range of stories gather through oral history from scientist to locals, which I found interesting. Unfortunately, the history and the biology of this remarkable species is lost to the broader social economic cost and environmental damage done by humanity. The author’s personal opinions are present in the text. One of these opinions is her view on genetically engineer trees. Be warned this is a thoroughly depressing short read. ( )
  corcra | Mar 7, 2012 |
The easiest read about a tree it has ever been my pleasure to come across. ( )
  JNSelko | Jun 19, 2008 |
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What can turn us from this deserted future, back into the sphere of our being, the great dance that joins us to our home, to each other and to other creatures, to the dead and the unborn? [Wendell Berry]
I see again, as one in vision sees / The blossoms and the bees / And hear the children's voices shout and call / And the brown chestnuts fall. [Henry Wadsworth Longfellow]
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For Eric, who always has the right words.
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The tree looks like an aging champion struggling to stay upright until the last round.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0520247302, Hardcover)

The American chestnut was one of America's most common, valued, and beloved trees--a "perfect tree" that ruled the forests from Georgia to Maine. But in the early twentieth century, an exotic plague swept through the chestnut forests with the force of a wildfire. Within forty years, the blight had killed close to four billion trees and left the species teetering on the brink of extinction. It was one of the worst ecological blows to North America since the Ice Age--and one most experts considered beyond repair. In American Chestnut, Susan Freinkel tells the dramatic story of the stubborn optimists who refused to let this cultural icon go. In a compelling weave of history, science, and personal observation, she relates their quest to save the tree through methods that ranged from classical plant breeding to cutting-edge gene technology. But the heart of her story is the cast of unconventional characters who have fought for the tree for a century, undeterred by setbacks or skeptics, and fueled by their dreams of restored forests and their powerful affinity for a fellow species.

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The American chestnut was one of America's most common, valued, and beloved trees?a "perfect tree" that ruled the forests from Georgia to Maine. But in the early twentieth century, an exotic plague swept through the chestnut forests with the force of a wildfire. Within forty years, the blight had killed close to four billion trees and left the species teetering on the brink of extinction. It was one of the worst ecological blows to North America since the Ice Age?and one most experts considered beyond repair. In American Chestnut, Susan Freinkel tells the dramatic story of the stubborn optimists who refused to let this cultural icon go. In a compelling weave of history, science, and personal observation, she relates their quest to save the tree through methods that ranged from classical plant breeding to cutting-edge gene technology. But the heart of her story is the cast of unconventional characters who have fought for the tree for a century, undeterred by setbacks or skeptics, and fueled by their dreams of restored forests and their powerful affinity for a fellow species.… (more)

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