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Remarkable Trees of the World

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  282 ratings  ·  35 reviews
The publication of Remarkable Trees of the World took American audiences by storm. Thomas Pakenham embarks on a five-year odyssey to most of the temperate and tropical regions of the world to photograph sixty trees of remarkable personality and presence: Dwarfs, Giants, Monuments, and Aliens; the lovingly tended midgets of Japan; the enormous strangler from India; and the ...more
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published September 17th 2002 by W. W. Norton Company (first published August 15th 2002)
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Susan Swiderski
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joyce Kilmer famously wrote about the beauty of trees, but he isn't the only one who's ever marveled at them. It isn't unusual to read news stories about activists who chain themselves to majestic trees in the hopes of rescuing them from developers' chainsaws. Trees have been the focal point of numerous novels and works of art, and many of us feel a strong affinity for a certain tree we may have loved and/or climbed as a child, or to the wondrous trees we pass, or stop to admire, as we travel th ...more
Stephen Case
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trees
This is a book of postcards. It’s not in actuality a book of physical postcards (though that might be a fantastic manifestation of this work). But that’s what it feels like: amazing images with just enough explicatory prose to whet one’s appetite. Pakenham traveled the world photographing the most remarkable trees from Asia, North America, Africa, Australia, and Europe. Unfortunately, he did not write a book about it. He published a book of postcards instead. Gorgeous postcards, in a huge, hardc ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated book!! Amazing pictures of enormous and unbelievable makes me want to travel the world, just to see these trees in person. Breathtaking!!
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book with photos of unique and unusual trees, especially large ones.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Really great book about trees. It could make you plan your travels just to see them. Great reference to use as you travel.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Trees inspire me. The majestic power they possess is overwhelming. I like to think about how long they’ve been on this earth and dream about speaking with them as if they were the Ents of Tolkien’s tales. Not only do they provide us with the very air we breathe, they give us shade and comfort, teach us history and science. I could sit for days in and under branches and leaves absorbing their timeless wisdom.

Remarkable Trees of the World is a wonderful book. It follows a man on his world quest to
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will always remember walking in delight through an old growth hemlock forrest in the Porcupine Mountains, Michigan, down to Lake Superior. Meggan and I were there in 1997 when we were at WWC. It is one of my favorite experiences from a memorable year. Reading these two companion books about remarkable trees of the world reconnected me to my love of large trees and forests in general. I have spent many, many hours exploring the woods near the places I have lived and realize how disconnected I a ...more
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The text can get a bit pretentious at times, although you should still read it for the histories presented, and there are some typos, such as one bit where the text refers the reader to "page 00," but the photos are of genuinely remarkable and awesome trees. Considering the predations of the logging industry, increasing human population and its need for more space, time, and occasionally violent weather, it's good to have a permanent memorial of these subjects. I really recommend this book (as w ...more
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
This is a great book for the tree lover. It makes a beautiful coffee table book and is a great companion to Pakenham's other book, Meetings with Remarkable Trees. In the back of the book, there is a list of the various locations around the world that these trees were found. I am adding the American locations to my travel bucket list. I am especially excited that my very favorite tree in the book, an unbelievable oak called the Angel Tree, is located just a few hours away from me in South Carolin ...more
Sharron Kennard
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-authors
An entertaining look at some of nature's marvels. Pakenham's injection of his humor made the read even more enjoyable. My only criticism, and it's a bit nit-picky, is a couple of common errors about the Sierra Nevada. In one instance, he refers to the Sierras. Sierra is already plural, so there is no need to add the superfluous "s." In one other place, he writes about the Sierra Nevada mountains. As the definition is "snowy mountains", he's essentially saying, "snowy mountains mountains." A redu ...more
Yevgeniy Brikman
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, pleasant read, wonderfully illustrated with large, lovely photos. Actually, the writing is largely secondary to the photos, but it does provide some context and a few interesting facts about the trees (e.g. strangler trees are fascinating). The book gives you an appreciation for trees: how long they can live (4000+ years!), how huge and varied they can get (from a tiny bonsai to a 15,000 ton behemoth), and how beautiful they can be (Baobabs are amazing). They really are wondrous life fo ...more
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This one is just as good as the first book Thomas Pakenham wrote about trees, although this one is full of tragedy. The story about the oldest living tree (over 4,000 years old)in the world (now no longer living because the idiot who measured its age with the standard special drill bit broke said bit in the tree and got permission from the park ranger to CUT THE TREE DOWN to retrieve it)just kills me.
Nov 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Due to the fact that I may one day be taking this tour I thought I'd see what I had to look forward too and I'm now excited to see these trees in person esp. the Baobabs and tree shrines. Though after reading the section on "trees in peril" I feel like we should hurry and start now and see them before they are gone. The hardest one to read about are the Totaras, the lost giants that will have no successors, very depressing.
Crystal Sarakas
Dec 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
This is a beautiful book with illustrations of trees from all over the world. There is one photograph in particular that keeps drawing me back to it - a picture of red sequoias that looks beautiful yet mundane until you notice the very tiny person next to the trunk of one of the trees. And then the entire picture is transformed from a nice picture into a spiritual awakening.

Mar 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tree huggers
Shelves: booksiveread
A wonderful picture book with accompanying text on truly remarkable trees, such as the Bo Tree of Sri Lanka, reputedly grown from a cutting of the original tree under which Buddha found enlightenment and the ancient Gingko of Japan, planted in 1232. Companion to Meetings with Remarkable Trees.
Amazing pictures and enjoyable text. A coffee-table book that won't gather dust. Author not focused just on height or just on age or just on girth. He had to go round the world to snap these pictures.
Carl Kruse
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite (my favorite?) coffee table books anywhere. If you love trees, and even if you don't so much, I suspect this book will make you smile and wherever you place it emanate the good energy of the remarkable trees of the world.

- Carl Kruse
Simon Curling
This is really a book of photographs of trees - superb photographs mind you!. With each photo there is a page or so of where that particular tree is - some history and other anecdotes. All quite interesting if you like trees and natural history!
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite coffee table book ever. Amazing photographs, beautiful to me.
David Mccarrick
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting about weird and magnificent trees around the world. I highly enjoyed looking at the various odd trees.
Shonna Froebel
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Interesting, but more text would be nice, maybe maps, etc.
Jul 03, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Saturday, 3 July 2010. Stumbled upon this book while browsing in the Cannon Beach Book Company. Superb! Must order the hardcover version.
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sue lent me this book and the photos in it are astounding. The write-ups are also beautifully done, but it's the images that really grabbed me. Definitely nature at its most remarkable.
brian tanabe
Sep 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite tree book ever.

Update: I just had to consult this book. A friend showed me her bonsai baobab tree which has captivated my attention ever since.
May 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every write up of each tree is like meeting an interesting person. They each have their own story to tell. The pictures are amazing.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We love trees. When we can't go see them for real, we enjoy pictures, and these are wonderful pictures.
Jul 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome pictures....
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chapters include:
Giants; Gods, Goddesses, ...
Methuselahs; The Living and the Dead, Shrines, ...
Awesome photographs.
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: photography
Beautiful trees, so love all the different places that care and preserve these trees.
Jun 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing photography, interesting text.
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Thomas Francis Dermot Pakenham, 8th Earl of Longford, is known simply as Thomas Pakenham. He is an Anglo-Irish historian and arborist who has written several prize-winning books on the diverse subjects of Victorian and post-Victorian British history and trees. He is the son of Frank Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford, a Labour minister and human rights campaigner, and Elizabeth Longford. The well know ...more