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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World Paperback – 28 May 2002

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"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." --Entertainment Weekly

"A whimsical, literary romp through man's perpetually frustrating and always unpredictable relationship with nature." --Los Angeles Times

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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?

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Trade; 1st edition (28 May 2002)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0375760393
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0375760396
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.08 x 1.5 x 20.17 cm
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Michael Pollan is the author of seven previous books, including Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he also teaches writing at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, TIME magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.

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