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Oranges by John McPhee
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Aug 05, 08

Read in August, 2008

I went through a phase a few years ago when I read a lot of books that were written to delve deeply into a single, simple thing. I finally stopped because for the most part the books were not that well written. (I think there was one on the history of the color mauve that finally did me in).
I should have started and probably finished with John McPhee. He manages to devote equal time to oranges and the people who grow them and think about them. I learned a lot about citrus reading this book. I just wish this book were written more recently! Published in the 60s, it discusses concentrate as the newest thing in oranges. The filling in of land in the Everglades for more orange groves is treated as a daring idea. I bet if McPhee were writing a few more chapters today, he would examine the environmental impacts of the orange barons, and the technological advancements past concentration. That would be really cool to read as well.
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