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The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
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Aug 27, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read from August 27 to 30, 2012

Some great bits laced together with filler. My favorite anecdote is that of Louis XVI (or was it XIV?) overcoming the unwillingness of peasants to eat potatoes by planting the lushest fields of Versailles with potatoes, setting elite guards during the day, but dismissing the guards at midnight. The peasants would then sneak in and steal potatoes. This forbidden fruit strategy is the basis for so much great marketing!

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message 1: by Rob (new) - rated it 2 stars

Rob Agree that there was a lot of filler. And lot of redundancy. In addition to the Louis XVI anecdote, I liked some of the material surrounding the history of Johnny Appleseed.

Ryan Oh, yeah - I find myself telling anecdotes from the book about the cultivation of marijuana or Johnny Appleseed as a purveyor of booze and a land developer. It was like a couple really great articles laced loosely together into a book.

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