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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House Inc
Publication date June 1, 2002
Pages 271
Binding Paperback
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375760396
ISBN-10 0375760393
Dimensions 0.68 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $17.00
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Focusing on the human relationship with plants, the author of Second Nature uses botany to explore four basic human desires--sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control--through portraits of four plants that embody them: the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato. 100,000 first printing. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts in America

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?

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780375501296 Book cover for 9780783896410
 
Large print edition from G K Hall & Co (December 1, 2001); titled "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World"
9780783896410 | details & prices | 355 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $30.95
About: The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts in America.
1 edition from Random House Inc (May 1, 2001); titled "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World"
9780375501296 | details & prices | 271 pages | 5.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Focusing on the human relationship with plants, the author uses botany to explore four basic human desires--sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control--through portraits of four plants that embody them: the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780375760396
 
The price comparison is for this edition
1 edition from Random House Inc (June 1, 2002); titled "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World"
9780375760396 | details & prices | 271 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.68 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $17.00
About: Focusing on the human relationship with plants, uses botany to explore four basic human desires--sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control--through of four plants that embody them: the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato.
Miscellaneous
Book cover for 9781588360083
 
from Random House Inc (June 12, 2001); titled "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World"
9781588360083 | details & prices | List price $16.00
Miscellaneous
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Unabridged edition from Findaway World Llc (February 15, 2008); titled "The Botany of Desire: Library Edition"
9781605140261 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $59.99
About: In 1637, one Dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in Amsterdam.
Unabridged edition from Findaway World Llc (February 15, 2008); titled "The Botany of Desire"
9781605140445 | details & prices | 5.00 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $39.99
About: In 1637, one Dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in Amsterdam.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Scott Brick (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio (April 21, 2015); titled "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World"
9781501245756 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.15 lbs | List price $14.99
About: The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts in America.
With Scott Brick (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Brilliance Audio (November 5, 2013); titled "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World"
9781480555280 | details & prices | 5.50 × 5.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.48 lbs | List price $14.99
About: The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts in America.
With Scott Brick (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio (November 5, 2013); titled "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World"
9781480555297 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $14.99
About: The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts in America.
With Scott Brick (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Gildan Audio (May 21, 2007); titled "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World"
9781596590939 | details & prices | 5.25 × 5.75 × 1.25 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $39.98
About: Focusing on the human relationship with plants, uses botany to explore four basic human desires--sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control--through four plants that embody them: the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato.

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