The Botany of Desire: A Plants-eye View of the World

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G.K. Hall, 2001 - 355 Seiten
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Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: the bee collects the nectar and pollan to make honey, and, in the process, spreads the flowers genes far and wide. This book demonstrates how people and plants have formed a similarly reciprocal arrangement. He links four fundamental 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, these plants have also benefited at least as much from their association with us. So who is really domesticating whom?--from Publisher.

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Nutzerbericht  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

Pollan's take on apples, tulips, marijuana, and potatoes. A good mix of history, reporting, and personal experience as he explores humanity's relationship with plants (using these four to elucidate ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - JaredOrlando - LibraryThing

I picked up and put down Pollan's Botany of Desire many times. It wasn't because it wasn't filled to the brim with interesting information, or that it was in any way tiresome of boring. The book ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Über den Autor (2001)

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 prize-winning 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.

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