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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. Read "The Botany of Desire A Plant's-Eye View of the World" by Michael Pollan available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World is a nonfiction book by journalist Michael Pollan. Pollan presents case studies that mirror four types of human desires that are reflected in the way that we selectively grow, breed, and genetically engineer our plants.

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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World is a nonfiction book by journalist Michael Pollan. Pollan presents case studies that. Best Seller. The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan Buy the Ebook: Kobo · Barnes & People Who Read The Botany of Desire Also Read. ‹ › Advice Not. Editorial Reviews. Review. Working in his garden one day, Michael Pollan hit pay Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, eBook features: Highlight, take notes.

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Please try again later. Paperback Verified Purchase. A story of four plants and four human motivations, Pollan draws them together with wit. I consumed this book in a short time, taking to work to read in my spare moments. I don't often get wrapped up so deeply in books, but this one grabbed me. There are source citations for a great many of his assertions, which was also fantastic. If you are interested in evolution, plants, human nature, marijuana, flowers, industrial food, organic gardening; there will be something to carry you through this story and speak to your interest.

The writing is engaging and flows with ease from one subject to the next. It refers back to previous chapters and thoughts expressed, without wandering aimlessly in thought. A great little read that will provoke thought and discussion. It will leave you wanting more. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Most regrettably, I had not read a second of his works until now.

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The man has a lot to say; and says it all too well. It is the story of four plants: Reflecting the theme of the title, there are four human desires that are associated with these plants: Early in the book Pollan teasingly throws out the idea that perhaps the classic view: His introduction is entitled: Among those insights: The grail is still elusive but Pollan is proud of his dark maroon one.

Cannabis is associated with the desire for intoxication. Hidden in plain sight, as Pollan says, is the chronic problem with mind-altering substances that are abused: Pollan introduced me to Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli scientist who isolated the chemically active component: Potatoes are the subject of the last chapter, starting their journey from their historic epicenter high in the Andes and brought back to Europe by the conquering Spaniards.

They may have been introduced into Ireland by a shipwreck from the Spanish armada in , providing a godsend to a starving people where other crops would not readily grow. I know vegans have used his other works to preach, and it put me off reading Pollan for a long time Especially his writing style, which takes full flight here: And like his later masterpieces, you cannot come away from it without some new ideas about the plants we consume.

What bothers me is that the central conceit underlying this work here. He uses the apple, tulip, marijuana and potato plants to illustrate his theory that they have coevolved with our desires for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and order, respectively.

Trouble is, this theory seems to be pulled out of thin air, perhaps in the haze from the marijuana he has gardened. He generously offers to remove our blinders of anthropocentrism to reveal how these wily plants have evolved to cultivate us as their caretakers. By ignoring the fact that their traits were all deliberately selected from nature by our preexisting desires, his concept of coevolution seems not just ironic, but ridiculous.

While waxing philosophic on the beauty of tulips, he even goes to far as to suggest he has discovered the meaning of life. The word itself seems to appear on every second page. This is truly one of the most interesting books I've ever read about a subject I'd never before thought much about -- our relationship with the plants that feed us and make out lives possible and enjoyable.

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Toggle navigation. New to eBooks. How many copies would you like to buy? Add to Cart Add to Cart. Add to Wishlist Add to Wishlist. Three and a half centuries later, Amsterdam is once again the mecca for people who care passionately about one particular plant—though this time the obsessions revolves around the intoxicating effects of marijuana rather than the visual beauty of the tulip.

How could flowers, of all things, become such objects of desire that they can drive men to financial ruin?