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

ISBN-10: 0375760393
ISBN-13: 9780375760396
Edition: 2001
Authors: Michael Pollan
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/28/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.68" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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?

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" & "A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder". Pollan lives in Connecticut with his wife & son.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Human Bumblebee
Desire: Sweetness / Plant: The Apple
Desire: Beauty / Plant: The Tulip
Desire: Intoxication / Plant: Marijuana
Desire: Control / Plant: The Potato
Epilogue
Sources
Index

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