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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?
"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."
"A whimsical, literary romp through man's perpetually frustrating and always unpredictable relationship with nature."
--Los Angeles Times
ISBN: 9780375760396 ISBN-10: 0375760393 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 304 Published: 1st June 2002 Publisher: Random House USA Inc Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34
Weight (kg): 0.23