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Pollan tells the story of four domesticated species – the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato, and describes how each has thrived by satisfying humankind's most basic desires.
Shortlisted for the Natural World Book Prize 2002.
Michael Pollan is the author of two prize-winning books, Second Nature and A Place of my Own. A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Pollan was recently awarded the first Reuters-World Conservation Union Global Award for Excellence in Environmental Journalism. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and son.
"Pollan's stories sparkle with curious facts and bold superstitions His aim is to encourage us to reconsider our place in the natural world"
– Sunday Telegraph
"Beautifully written, as compelling as a detective thriller"
– Penelope Hobhouse
"An immensely readable and thought-provoking book"
– The Independent
"Pollen's stories sparkle with curious facts and bold superstitions His aim is to encourage us to reconsider our place in the natural world"
– Anne Chisholm, Sunday Telegraph