|Subject:||Cooking & Gardening||Publisher:||Firefly Books|
|Published:||July 30th 2015||Series Title:||Fifty Things That Changed the Course of History|
"This book will mesmerize plant-lovers and non-gardeners alike."
"This marvelous collection of tales deserves to be read and enjoyed."
--Chicago Botanic Garden
Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History is a beautifully presented guide to the plants that have had the greatest impact on human civilization. Entries feature a description of the plant, its botanical name, its native range and its primary functions--edible, medicinal, commercial or practical. Concise text is highlighted by elegant botanical drawings, paintings and photographs as well as insightful quotes.
Many of the plants are well known, such as rice, tea, cotton, rubber, wheat, sugarcane, tobacco, wine grapes and corn. However, there are also many whose stories are less known. These history-changing plants include:
This attractive reference provides an innovative perspective on both botanical and human history.
Bill Laws is a social historian and the author of 10 books. He has contributed to such publications as the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and BBC History magazine. He lives in England.