Monday, April 27, 2020

Books: Tree Story, Rivers of Power

A friend pointed out these two books.

1) Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings by Valerie Trouet.

Review: "Trouet, a leading tree-ring scientist, takes us out into the field, from remote African villages to radioactive Russian forests, offering readers an insider's look at tree-ring research, a discipline formally known as dendrochronology. Tracing her own professional journey while exploring dendrochronology's history and applications, Trouet describes the basics of how tell-tale tree cores are collected and dated with ring-by-ring precision, explaining the unexpected and momentous insights we've gained from the resulting samples"...

2) Rivers of Power: How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations, and Shapes Our World by Laurence C. Smith

.."From ancient Egypt to our growing contemporary metropolises, Rivers of Power reveals why rivers matter so profoundly to human civilization, and how they continue to be indispensable to our societies and wellbeing"...

Two other books on rivers that I would recommend are Unruly Waters by Sunil Amrith and The Water Kingdom by Philip Ball.

I also want to read The Unquiet River: A Biography of the Brahmaputra by Arupjyoti Saikia. Hoping to get to it soon.

Happy Reading!