This is a very good book for beginner herbalists or anyone who has an interest in herbalism and does not know how to get started. I'm already a bit ofThis is a very good book for beginner herbalists or anyone who has an interest in herbalism and does not know how to get started. I'm already a bit of a gardener but now my interest in this area has grown and I'm excited to keep reading more about herbalism.
This book was a great introduction. It provides an overview and tips on choosing herbs, how to store herbs, the different types of remedies used among herbalists, safety concerns and more. I'm especially happy that there were warnings and safety tips throughout the book.
I decided to get the paperback version of the book, and I was worried at first because it felt thin but there is a lot of useful information in the book. I'm a bit disappointed in B&N though because when I got the book, the cover was slightly bent.
This book won't tell you everything there is to know about herbalism but it can provide you with a starting point. There's also a helpful list in the back of books and website to check out for farther information.
My graphics design professor said she would not make the class buy a book unless it was a book that would be useful for us even after the class ends.My graphics design professor said she would not make the class buy a book unless it was a book that would be useful for us even after the class ends. Now, after four years of buying books for college that resulted in nothing but a pile of dusty textbooks, I was a bit skeptical. She was right though.
This book is a must have for any graphic designer. I'm more of an illustrator myself but even I found this book to be very useful and defiantly one worth keeping.
First, I just need to say that this book cover and design is so beautiful. <3
I think the book does a decent job of getting people to think about thFirst, I just need to say that this book cover and design is so beautiful. <3
I think the book does a decent job of getting people to think about the Middle East and Pakistan in a different way. The scenes were the reader gets a glimpse of some of the villagers were nice. It also reinforces the idea that education is the best way forward not war and violence. It's great that Mortenson and this book are promoting the idea and need for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan to go to school and get an education. This is something that I completely agree with.
However, I still can't get over the way this book was written. It was difficult for me to get going int this book simply because of the way it was written. Aside from just the writing itself though, the authors refer to Greg Mortenson as "Mortenson" or "Dr. Greg". The word "Mortenson" is also used a lot in this book - way more than it should be used. I could not stop thinking about how the book was worshiping Mortenson by the way it refereed to him by just his last name or with his Dr./Nurse title. Why is that necessary? I don't read a lot of nonfiction books so I don't know if it is common to refer to the person by just their last name, but it happened way too often in this book and combined with the hero worshiping sentences and descriptions of Mortenson and what he was doing, I just felt like I was being talked down to while reading this book. Mortenson is so great! Why don't you love him? Worship him now! Maybe he's not like this in real life but that's how he came across in the book to me.
I could forgive the writing though in favor of promoting peace and education if it was not for certain other things.
The other thing that really irritates me about this book is that it has been exposed as a bunch of lies. The book is filled with lies so you don't know what, if anything, is actually true in this story.
It has also been mentioned that a lot of the schools that Mortenson and the CAI built are not in use or never actually existed! For a book that promotes the importance of education in rural areas, I really don't want that to be true. That was the whole purpose of the book: to show how awesome Mortenson is for building a ton of useful schools. And that also brings about the question of where is the money going if not to the schools?
I have no doubt that Mortenson has done a lot of good things for a lot of people. I also have no doubt that he did help with building schools in Pakistan. I'm just not sure that I believe or trust everything said in this book.