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The Botany of Desire : A Plant's-Eye View of the World - Michael Pollan

The Botany of Desire

A Plant's-Eye View of the World

Paperback Published: 1st June 2002
ISBN: 9780375760396
Number Of Pages: 304

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Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers ' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He masterfully links four fundamental human desires -- sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control -- with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. In telling the stories of four familiar species, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind ' s most basic yearnings. And just as we ' ve benefited from these plants, we have also done well by them. So who is really domesticating whom?

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"Pollan shines a light on our own nature as well as on our implication in the natural world." --The New York Times "[Pollan] has a wide-ranging intellect, an eager grasp of evolutionary biology and a subversive streak that helps him to root out some wonderfully counterintuitive points. His prose both shimmers and snaps, and he has a knack for finding perfect quotes in the oddest places.... Best of all, Pollan really loves plants." --The New York Times Book Review

"A wry, informed pastoral." --The New Yorker

"We can give no higher praise to the work of this superb science writer/ reporter than to say that his new book is as exciting as any you'll read." --Entertainment Weekly

"A whimsical, literary romp through man's perpetually frustrating and always unpredictable relationship with nature." --Los Angeles Times

ISBN: 9780375760396
ISBN-10: 0375760393
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st June 2002
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.23

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