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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 May 1, 2001
Pages 271
Binding Hardcover
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375501296
ISBN-10 0375501290
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.50 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.10 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $24.95
§As reported by publisher
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. 30,000 first printing. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In 1637, one Dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in Amsterdam. Three and a half centuries later, Amsterdam is once again the mecca for people who care passionately about one particular plant — thought 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?

In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan argues that the answer lies at the heart of the intimately reciprocal relationship between people and plants. In telling the stories of four familiar plant species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, Pollan illustrates how they evolved to satisfy humankinds’s most basic yearnings — and by doing so made themselves indispensable. For, just as we’ve benefited from these plants, the plants, in the grand co-evolutionary scheme that Pollan evokes so brilliantly, have done well by us. The sweetness of apples, for example, induced the early Americans to spread the species, giving the tree a whole new continent in which to blossom. So who is really domesticating whom?

Weaving fascinating anecdotes and accessible science into gorgeous prose, Pollan takes us on an absorbing journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature.

Editions
Hardcover
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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: An Idaho farmer cultivates Russet Burbank potatoes so that a customer at a McDonald's half a world away can enjoy a long, golden french fry.
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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
 
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
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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
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
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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