American chestnuts historically guarantee human and wildlife sustainability
American Chestnut acts as both introduction and review for amateur, expert, and newbie enthusiasts regarding the life, death, and rebirth of a perfect tree. It brings to twenty-first century audiences the life cycle and natural history of a woody plant whose generous form and function make it a top candidate throughout all places and times for recognition as the world’s perfect tree. It likewise considers tragic reversals from decisions flawed by twentieth-century limits on scientific advances and technological breakthroughs.
Author of the subsequent Plastic: A Toxic Love Story in 2011, freelance science journalist Susan Freinkel therefore divides her 2008 National Outdoor Book Award-honored publication into three timelines regarding American chestnuts before, during, and subsequent to blight-caused ravages.