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Pakenham, Thomas 1933-

Works: 63 works in 436 publications in 8 languages and 12,356 library holdings
Genres: History  Pictorial works  Personal narratives  Sources  Folklore  Biography  Biographies  Personal narratives‡vAfrikaner  Identification guides  Bibliography‡vCatalogs 
Roles: Author, Photographer, Composer, Editor, Author of introduction, Correspondent
Classifications: DT930, 960.312
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Most widely held works about Thomas Pakenham
Most widely held works by Thomas Pakenham
The Boer War by Thomas Pakenham( Book )

63 editions published between 1979 and 2015 in English and Afrikaans and held by 2,744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprehensive history of the Boer War, a war precipitated by greed and marked by blundering and brutalities
The scramble for Africa, 1876-1912 by Thomas Pakenham( Book )

80 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The White Man's conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912"--Jacket subtitle
Remarkable trees of the world by Thomas Pakenham( Book )

34 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A landmark volume celebrating the most remarkable trees on our planet. The Spirit of nineteenth-century exploration lives in British historian Thomas Pakenham, who has spent the last decade investigating the lives of the world's most dramatic trees, many of which are in danger of destruction. After the worldwide success of his previous work, Meetings with Remarkable Trees -- a stunning collection of 60 individual trees (and groups of trees) in Britain and Ireland chosen for their unusually strong personalities -- Pakenham decided to hunt down and photograph another 60 remarkable trees scattered throughout the globe. Many of these trees were already famous -- champions by girth, height, volume, or age -- while others had never previously been caught by the camera. Pakenham's five-year odyssey, sweating it out with a 30-pound Linhof camera and tripod, took him to most of the temperate and many of the tropical regions of the world. Although North American trees dominate this book, Pakenham also trekked to remote regions in Mexico, all over Europe, parts of Asia including Japan, northern and southern Africa, Madagascar, Australia, and New Zealand. Despite his expert knowledge, the book owes little to conventional botany. Like its predecessor, Remarkable Trees of the World is arranged according to the characters of the trees themselves. There are Giants and Dwarfs, Methliselahs, Shrines, Dreams, Lovers and Dancers, Ghosts, and Trees in Peril. The chief Giant is General Sherman in the Sierra Nevada, California. At over 1400 tons, the grizzled old general, a giant sequoia, is the world's largest tree, measured by volume -- indeed, the largest single living thing in the world. The height record, however, goes to another commanding Californian, a 368-foot high Coast redwood recently declared the tallest tree in the world. Among the Methuselahs, Pakenham describes the wind-blasted bristlecone pines of the White Mountains of California. One of them, Old Methuselah himself, was found to be 4,600 years old, making him the oldest tree yet measured by scientists. Shrines include some of the holiest trees in the world, like the immense camphor trees preserved in Shinto shrines in Japan and the 2,200-year-old Bo-tree in Sri Lanka, a cutting from the actual tree under which Buddha found enlightenment. Trees in Peril are the trees under attack by predatory loggers and impoverished farmers, including the exotic baobabs of Madagascar, now threatened by intensive farming, and the great spruce and Douglas fir and red cedars of Pacific North America in whose defense the conservationists have been fighting the loggers for decades. Remarkable Trees of the World is a magnificent new work that celebrates Pakenham's gifts as a writer and a photographer. It will be treasured for generations by all those who marvel at the wonders of nature
The year of liberty; the story of the great Irish rebellion of 1798 by Thomas Pakenham( Book )

28 editions published between 1969 and 2000 in English and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of the rebellion of May 1798, when a hundred thousand peasants rose in revolt against the British Government in Ireland. By the time the revolt had been put down four months later, 30,000 dead were literally rotting in heaps in a smoking and desolate countryside
Meetings with remarkable trees by Thomas Pakenham( Book )

29 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in English and French and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With this astonishong collection of tree portraits, Thomas Packenham has produced a new kind of tree book. The trees are grouped according to their characteristics; roughly half are ancient native trees in the UK, while the rest are exotic newcomers from Europe
Dreamers of empire by Achmed Abdullah( Book )

14 editions published between 1929 and 1968 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Boer War by Thomas Pakenham( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprehensive history of the Boer War, a war precipitated by greed and marked by blundering and brutalities
The remarkable baobab by Thomas Pakenham( Book )

12 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pakenham chronicles his personal encounters with the baobabs of Africa, Australia, Madagascar, and America and shares the countless superstitions and myths, as well as the often-strange history that surrounds these enigmatic trees. Includes 60 color images."--BOOK JACKET
The mountains of Rasselas; an Ethiopian adventure by Thomas Pakenham( Book )

13 editions published between 1959 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King of kings : the triumph and tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia by Asfa-Wossen Asserate( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He was the scion of a dynasty that was reputed to descend from King Solomon, a pioneer of African unity and independence, a staunch confederate of the Allies in their fight against the fascist Axis powers and the messiah of the Jamaican Rastafarian movement. He was a reformer and an autocrat, whose rule was brought to a brutal and ignominious end when he was toppled and murdered by communist rebels. The impressive, dazzling and complex personality of Haile Selassie, King of Kings, is brilliantly conveyed in this biographical portrait by Asfa-Wossen Asserate, his close relation. The author spent his childhood and early youth in Ethiopia, though he never held political office in his native country, where his father was the last president of the Imperial Crown Council. The background of the author, who knew Haile Selassie in person, afforded him intimate insights into life at the Ethiopian court and the increasingly controversial policies pursued by the emperor. Asfa-Wossen Asserate's own experiences, augmented by intensive research in both family and public archives, combine to produce a uniquely detailed portrayal of the last King of Kings of Ethiopia and the turbulent and tragic history of the country over which he reigned surpreme for much of the 20th century. -- from dust jacket
A traveller's companion to Dublin( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The year of liberty : the great Irish rebellion of 1798 by Thomas Pakenham( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dublin : a travellers' companion by Thomas Pakenham( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In search of remarkable trees : on safari in southern Africa by Thomas Pakenham( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thomas Pakenham's particular quarry is the rare, the giant, the very old, the extraordinary, or the simply beautiful - from a giant baobab and prickly quiver tree in Namibia to a glorious jacaranda in South Africa and sesame bushes attacked by elephants in Botswana. He uncovers trees written about by the great explorers of the past, or associated with magic, folklore, or ritual." "The narrative accompanying each image interweaves the stories of Pakenham's own journey - moments of drama and danger as he scales trees to escape from enraged wildlife, while at others he stands in awe before a tree, connected by some primitive, atavistic bond - with those of the trees themselves, imbuing each with personality and presence."--BOOK JACKET
The year of liberty : the history of the great Irish Rebellion of 1798 by Thomas Pakenham( Book )

20 editions published between 1969 and 1997 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Neighbours : four lectures by Conor Cruise O'Brien( Book )

3 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The big house in Ireland by Valerie Pakenham( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trees : a lifetime's journey through forests, woods and gardens by Hugh Johnson( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A fully illustrated guide to more than 600 trees. The text sparkles with fact and folklore, illuminating the subject with authority and enthusiasm. Fully updated, it includes all the newest tree varieties and cultivars. The book first looks at the structure and life cycle of trees; their role in the ecosystem, planting and pruning; and the use of trees in garden design. The core of the book is a complete record of coniferous and deciduous trees, grouped by family, in which an authoritative main text is complemented by a comprehensive index of trees, listing and illustrating alphabetically every important family, species and variety by their horticultural name. Finally, a reference section includes a guide to choosing trees for the garden and an A-Z listing of the most important and popular species and varieties of trees
Meetings with remarkable trees ; Remarkable trees of the world by Thomas Pakenham( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The company of trees : a year in a lifetime's quest by Thomas Pakenham( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thomas Pakenham, indefatigable champion of trees, narrates a story of exploration and discovery, and of life-cycles that are longer than our own. Lavishly illustrated, The Company of Trees recounts his personal quest to establish a large arboretum at Tullynally, his forays to other tree-filled parks and plantations, his often hazardous seed-hunting expeditions, and his efforts to preserve magnificent old trees and historic woodlands. The book is structured in the form of a travel diary. Almost every chapter shelters stories about the life of his large trees. He takes us on a tour of Tullynally's demesne and its trees, evaluating the condition of the oaks, alders, ash and limes that were among the first plantings. He travels to the Tibetan border in search of a magnolia (magnolias are Pakenham's particular passion), to Eastern Patagonia to see the last remaining giants of the Monkey Puzzle tree, while the first of the Chinese-inspired gardens at Tullynally was planted entirely with seeds from south-west China. An expedition to Tibet's Tsangpo Gorge goes awry only to lead to a fruitful exploration of the Rongchu Valley, which yields more than 100 bags of seeds, including the Tibetan golden oak, the Tsangpo cypress and blue-stemmed maples. All of the collected trees and plants are thriving at Tullynally. Whether writing about the terrible storms breaking the backs of majestic trees which have stood sentinel for hundreds of years, or a fire in the 50-acre peat bog on Tullynally which threatens to spread to 'the main commercial spruce-woods to the west of the peat bog'; his fear of climate change and disease, or the sturdy young sapling giving him hope for the future, the book is never less than enthralling. Pakenham is a passionate writer, educator and entertainer, and brings both wit and wisdom to a subject of universal appeal."--Publisher's description
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Alternative Names
Longford, Thomas Pakenham 1933- Earl of

Longford, Thomas Pakenham, Earl of, 1933-

Pakenham, Thomas 1933- Hon

Pakenham, Thomas Frank Dermot 1933-

Pakenham, Thomas, Hon., 1933-

Thomas Pakenham, 8. Earl of Longford britischer Historiker und Schriftsteller

Thomas Pakenham britský historik a spisovatel

Thomas Pakenham Longford Brits historicus

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The scramble for Africa, 1876-1912Remarkable trees of the worldThe year of liberty; the story of the great Irish rebellion of 1798Meetings with remarkable treesThe Boer WarThe remarkable baobabThe mountains of Rasselas; an Ethiopian adventureA traveller's companion to Dublin