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Botany of Desire : A Plant's-Eye View of the World - 01 edition

Botany of Desire : A Plant`s-Eye View of the World (ISBN10: 0375760393; ISBN13: 9780375760396)
ISBN13: 978-0375760396
ISBN10: 0375760393

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ISBN13: 978-0375501296
ISBN10: 0375501290

Summary: 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 sati ...show moresfy 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? ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 01
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Published: 05/28/2002
International: No

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Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A. 2002 Paperback New 0375760393. FLAWLESS COPY, BRAND NEW, PRISTINE, NEVER OPENED-304 pages. DESCRIPTION: With wit and charm, Michael Pollan posits a revolutionary way of ...show more looking at man's relationship to the world of nature and plants. Arguing compellingly, he proposes that plants domesticated humans in much the way we think we've domesticated them--i.e., in a mutually beneficial arrangement. He makes his case by considering four plants--the apple, tulip, cannabis and potato--selected, Mr. Pollan explains, because they represent four "important classifications of domesticated plants" that satisfy some of our most basic desires: sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control. A talented raconteur as well as a learned authority on this subject, Mr. Pollan has written a book that exerts an intoxication all its own. -WSJ, LeeAnn Lavin. ...show less
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