It takes the reader to places and perspectives related to food and agriculture that are relevant and personal.
If you're new to this subject you'll enjoy this book as the author writes quite well and has a great command of the subject, the data, and issues.
There is however a deeper metaphysic in the book that should put it on everyone's reading list, and that is what really makes us human.
I thoroughly enjoyed Manning's look at how agriculture (not food production) has manipulated civilization to where it is today. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tim Leifer
Manning is a comprehensive writer with a well-documented historical perspective on the anthropology of human farming. Goes beyond the common "green" books. Makes one think.Published 6 months ago by Ric Farrell
All of Manning's writings are both educational and full of theory. His viewpoints about agriculture have changed my outlook on many things. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Noel
I loved the view from fifty thousand feet and eons of time. This book puts presents a high level perspective and megatons of food for thought.Published 9 months ago by Charles F. Tutt
If you're new to this subject you'll enjoy this book as the author writes quite well and has a great command of the subject, the data, and issues. Read morePublished 12 months ago by magellan
Like most books of a commentary nature, Richard Manning spends most of these pages describing how agriculture changed the world, and not with the all too common culture hype. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jerry
This book is mostly a history of socio-economic effects that agriculture has had on the history of civilization. As that, it is in excellent book. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by JDepew
Manning's insights are a corroboration of my own observations in the agricultural field. I have a degree in agriculture, and own a farm. Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by Brian Bowman