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Around The World in 80 Trees - Jonathan Drori

Discover the secretive world of trees as environmentalist Jonathan Drori follows in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg, telling the stories of 80 magnificent trees from all over the globe. A glorious gift for nature enthusiasts.

In Around the World in 80 Trees, Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable. From the trees of Britain, to India's sacred banyan tree, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration - not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup.

Stops on the trip include the lime trees of Berlin's Unter den Linden boulevard, which intoxicate amorous Germans and hungry bees alike, the swankiest streets in 19th-century London, which were paved with Australian eucalyptus wood, and the redwood forests of California, where the secret to the trees' soaring heights can be found in the properties of the tiniest drops of water.

Each of these strange and true tales - populated by self-mummifying monks, tree-climbing goats and ever-so-slightly radioactive nuts - is illustrated by Lucille Clerc, taking the reader on a journey that is as informative as it is beautiful. The book combines history, science and a wealth of quirky detail - there should be surprises for everyone.
Check out Around The World in 80 Plants and Around The Ocean in 80 Fish, too.