Here in one stunning volume is a veritable who's who of the world's most dramatic trees, many never photographed before. Historian Thomas Pakenham has searched the globe for these marvels and writes reverently about each one's discovery, life, and significance, organizing them according to their characters in chapters on giants and dwarfs, Methuselahs, shrines, dreams, lovers and dancers, ghosts, and trees in peril. You will want to bow to each of these beings, including the 2,200 year-old Bo-tree in Sri Lanka, a cutting from the tree under which the Buddha found enlightenment; General Sherman in the Sierra Nevada, California, which weighs 1,500 tons; and the cypress in a church at Verucchio, which according to legend was planted by St. Francis of Assisi.