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Product Description: The story of how one man cut down a single tree to see how many things could be made from it.Out of all the trees in the world, the ash is most closely bound up with who we are: the tree we have made the greatest and most varied use of over the course of human history...read more

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9780393253733 | W W Norton & Co Inc, July 26, 2016, cover price $26.95 | About this edition: The story of how one man cut down a single tree to see how many things could be made from it.

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Product Description: The most informative book on the precision and craftsmanship of the racing bicycle—essential reading for gearheads. This beautifully illustrated volume is a celebration of the design history and craftsmanship of the racing bicycle...read more
By Robert Penn (foreword by)

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9780789331014 | Rizzoli Intl Pubns, September 29, 2015, cover price $17.98 | About this edition: The most informative book on the precision and craftsmanship of the racing bicycle—essential reading for gearheads.
9780789324658 | Universe Pub, January 8, 2013, cover price $40.00

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Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life. In his late twenties, he pedaled 25,000 miles around the world. Today he rides to get to work, sometimes for work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to travel, to go shopping, to stay sane, and to skip bath time with his kids. He's no Sunday pedal pusher. So when the time came for a new bike, he decided to pull out all the stops. He would build his dream bike, the bike he would ride for the rest of his life; a customized machine that reflects the joy of cycling.It's All About the Bike follows Penn's journey, but this book is more than the story of his hunt for two-wheel perfection. En route, Penn brilliantly explores the culture, science, and history of the bicycle. From artisanal frame shops in the United Kingdom to California, where he finds the perfect wheels, via Portland, Milan, and points in between, his trek follows the serpentine path of our love affair with cycling. It explains why we ride.It's All About the Bike is, like Penn's dream bike, a tale greater than the sum of its parts. An enthusiastic and charming tour guide, Penn uses each component of the bike as a starting point for illuminating excursions into the rich history of cycling. Just like a long ride on a lovely day, It's All About the Bike is pure joy- enriching, exhilarating, and unforgettable.Robert Penn has worked as a lawyer, waiter, contractor, DJ, photographer, and journalist-and biked to every single job. He writes for the Financial Times, the Observer, and Condé Nast Traveler, as well as a host of cycling publications. Penn lives in Wales with his wife and three children.Praise from the UK for It's All About the Bike:"[A] gem of a book." -Economist

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9781608195381 | Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA, April 26, 2011, cover price $20.00 | About this edition: Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life.

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9781608195756 | Reprint edition (Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA, April 24, 2012), cover price $15.00

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Product Description: The British are, as a general rule, obsessed with the weather, an unsurprising fact given the unpredictability of English weather systems and the huge impact they have played on national history. The defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 was as much a result of a devastating storm as the strength of British forces, and the steamy summer of 1858 caused the Great Stink of London, resulting in the construction of the city’s sewage system...read more

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9780340937884 | Hodder & Stoughton, October 1, 2008, cover price $19.95 | About this edition: The British are, as a general rule, obsessed with the weather, an unsurprising fact given the unpredictability of English weather systems and the huge impact they have played on national history.

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From the publishers of THE CLOUDSPOTTER'S GUIDE and WATCHING THE ENGLISH -- the ultimate gift book on the nation's favourite topic of conversation.

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9780340937877 | Hodder & Stoughton, October 1, 2007, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: From the publishers of THE CLOUDSPOTTER'S GUIDE and WATCHING THE ENGLISH -- the ultimate gift book on the nation's favourite topic of conversation.

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