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Another book: The Botany of Desire

Posted by joeabbott on October 24, 2008

Subtitled A Plant’s-eye View of the World, the book The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan got into my hands via a circuitous route. I initially wanted another book by Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) but the King County Library System didn’t have a copy readily available in CD format … so I ordered this one and here I am.

Botany was written in 2001 and takes a look at several “domesticated” plant species and asks the question, “is the plant taking an active role in propegating their respective species”. He refers to the our role in the relationship as “human bumblebees” and while he only hints at who may be in control in our relationship, he does bring a nice mix of facts, storytelling, and conjecture.

I’m only through the first chapters and the discussion of the apple tree but I’m taken by the story. He has a Malcolm Gladwell-ish sort of feel to how he approaches his topic: neither trying to arm-twist you into agreeing, nor abandoning you without some sort of compelling reason to agree with him. Just a lot of obscure facts, references, and data to build plausible support for his position.

I’d recommend this one as an educational and enjoyable read.

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One Response to “Another book: The Botany of Desire”

  1. […] Michael Pollan shares in his book Omnivore’s Dilemma … I wrote about this book twice: here and here. While Dave hadn’t read Pollan’s book, he did enjoy the movie Food, Inc. … which is […]

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