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

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

ISBN13: 978-0375760396

Cover of Botany of Desire : A Plant
ISBN13: 978-0375760396
ISBN10: 0375760393
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Published: 2001
International: No

List price: $16.00

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

ISBN13: 978-0375760396

Michael Pollan

ISBN13: 978-0375760396
ISBN10: 0375760393
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Random House, Inc.

Published: 2001
International: No
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 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?

Author Bio

Pollan, Michael :


Michael Pollan is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine as well as a contributing editor at Harper's magazine. He is the author of two prizewinning books: Second Nature: A Gardener's Education and A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder. Pollan lives in Connecticut with his wife and son.