Ginseng, the Divine Root: The Curious History of the Plant That Captivated the World
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Ginseng, the Divine Root: The Curious History of the Plant That Captivated the World

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The story behind ginseng is as remarkable as the root itself. Prized for its legendary curative powers, ginseng launched the rise to power of China's last great dynasty; inspired battles between France and England; and sparked a boom in Minnesota comparable to the California Gold Rush. It has made and broken the fortunes of many and has inspired a subculture in rural Ameri...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 23rd 2006 by Algonquin Books (first published May 18th 2006)
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Hannah
This book could have used a lot more editing, and a more organized structure, but the truth is that the story of ginseng itself really lacks in drama. I've read a number of "pop non fiction" books about single plants or ingredients, and while many have had their flaws, the subject matter was at least interesting. I feel like, having read an entire book about ginseng, my understanding of it is roughly the same as it was before: the Chinese value the root for its medicinal properties, although Wes...more
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