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Air Hardcover – Aug 21 2012

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"A joyous read from a brilliant communicator." The Bookseller

About the Author

William Bryant Logan is a certified arborist. He is the author of the "wise and excellent" (March Cocker, The Times Literary Supplement), Oak (ISBN 978 0 393 32778 6) and Dirt (ISBN 978 0 393 32947 6) the latter of which was made into an award-winning documentary.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
AIR April 22 2013
By Gordon Moog - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a pilot, hang glider pilot, sailor, mushroom hunter and outdoors man, AIR had a lot in it for me. Explanations are clear and straight forward. (Even I could understand almost everything.) And you don't have to read it in the order it is written. Skip around and you'll still enjoy it.
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good book Feb. 15 2013
By Michael D Johnson - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Some of the chapters are a little slow and it was a streach relating them to air but over all I liked it. I loved his book, "dirt" and I will read oak in the future.
Air: the most powerful element? March 22 2014
By Louis Hemmi - Published on
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Liked this book that was the monthly selection of the [...] and found Logan's writing very effective, the book was incredibly well researched.

It's chock full of anecdotes, scientific data, and opinion. This is a complex subject, and with his in-depth treatment, you will find yourself much better educated about the subject matter. We live on an incredible planet, and it all rests on a foundation of air!
Philosophical popular science book Nov. 29 2013
By Jenny Schwartz - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is such a wonderful book that I completely understand why the New York Times Book Review chose it as a "Notable Book" of the year. This is science woven into life and reflections on life, and written with a poet's enjoyment of language and using language to evoke an experience.

Air was simply a delight to read. I also learned things I hadn't known (like the origin of the phrase "beeline" - bees are determined and focussed flyers) and had some of my assumptions shaken up a bit. I love when a book can do that.

Part of what made the book so accessible was William Logan's use of his personal experiences. Then he'd reflect on them, and on occasion, widen them out to philosophical musing.

"Active, responsive, not reactive. These are the qualities of a good pilot. You must give up assumptions and live alert to the slightest nuance that comes into the five senses, responding not as your supposed self, but as your wings. It doesn't sound like a bad way to live: without complaint, fantasy, or demands, but in conversation with the moment." pp.190-91

"A person wears so many grooves (habits) during a long life that eventually the deep-worn grooves begin to dig a grave." p.216

Overall, the "Air" read to me like an appreciation of life and a challenge to adventure. Pretty good for a science book.
Loved it. Very well written Dec 20 2014
By hugh reed - Published on
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Loved it. Very well written. Was constantly amazed with my daily surroundings as I learned about the air, weather, atmosphere, ect. that I was living in.