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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Bracing Books; First edition (October 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578095556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578095554
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

During a long career at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Noel Vietmeyer produced over 30 books describing innovations that can benefit Africa, Asia and Latin America.

He was also a prolific freelance writer, producing some 200 articles for publications such as National Geographic, Reader's Digest, Smithsonian, Encyclopaedia Britannica, World Book, International Wildlife and Ranger Rick.

Through his National Academy of Sciences service Vietmeyer met Norman Borlaug, the hero of our age and the main reason why the world can feed 7 billion people. Borlaug's life was packed with adventure and drama, and in this book Vietmeyer relates it all. The result is the suspense-filled saga of how we got our daily bread.


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His vision and wisdom is truly inspiring.
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It is fascinating to see Borlaug's luck in meeting the right people at the right time and how he made the most of these opportunities.
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Engaging story writing and a great subject makes this book easy to read and informative.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By agwallah on December 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a gripping, touching, meticulously researched biography of one of the genuine geniuses and heroes of the 20th Century. Norman Borlaug (whom I had the privilege to know personally) had the kind of idealism, tenacity and courage epitomized by Jimmy Stewart in the title role of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and Gary Cooper in "High Noon."

"Our Daily Bread" conveys how difficult much of Borlaug's life was and the odds against which he accomplished so much in cereal genetics and agronomy.

What especially surprised and impressed me about this book is that the author managed to make it a genuine page-turner. There was real uncertainty and suspense about whether the introduction of Borlaug's new wheat varieties and agronomic practices would come in time to prevent massive starvation in India and Pakistan.

Terrific book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Vasold on December 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Through a busy month, I just finished reading Our Daily Bread and declare it an excellent narrative. With much of it in Norman Borlaug's own words, it moves forward in a continuous rush. I like this format very much. It reads well and it reads fast and that demands attention. It will be well received.

I would like to have seen an index. I'm an index scanner. I like to know who's there, who's not, and how often they appear or disappear by page number. Perhaps something for a second edition? Its absence is easily overcome with a highlighter and margin notes.

From Iowa to India, Mexico to Pakistan, Our Daily Bread, The Essential Norman Borlaug by Noel Vietmeyer is a worthy original historic account of the early years of what has become known as the "Green Revolution" -- in addition to being a compelling read.

I highly recommend it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By philip j. mcguire on February 13, 2012
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Borlaug exemplifies the best of the American Spirit. His obituary in the N.Y. Times read "He Only Saved Six BILLION People". A poor Iowa dirt farmer (from a pre-Depression area and era that had not yet had contact with the industrial revolution) who with an iron will and a belief in himself and all human beings changed the world and gave it the Green Revolution. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and deserved it more than any other nominee. And in his spare time he created Little League baseball in Mexico culminating in the 1957 LL World Series championship won by the Monterrey, Mexico team, the first foreign team to enter the Little League competition. His life story should be made into a movie so that more people can see what he did, and what he went through to do it. This book is a road map to international cooperation in the service of all mankind. There is a quote on the back dust jacket of the book from M.S. Swaminathan, a member of the Indian parliament that reads, "There is a saying in Gita that, from time to time, God appears on earth in disguise. When the world was in a serious food crisis one of the godly forms who appeared was Norman Borlaug."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SC on May 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a very inspiring book about a man who saved over a billion lives through sheer grit, determination, optimism, scientific brilliance and plain old common sense. As humble as they come, Borlaug overcame the grinding poverty of his youth to be the first to go to college in his family. He left a good job with Du Pont in the US and toiled alone and unsung in rural Mexico in the 1940s for years when mere mortals would have long given up. Years of hardwork resulted in new varities of wheat that literally saved humanity in the hungriest parts of the world. The book is full of riveting accounts of his exploits. The author knew him well and makes the book highly readable by providing vignettes of his experiences. Hollywood should consider this book for a major motion picture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Al P from Northern Virginia on September 5, 2012
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I have happily read all of Noel Vietmeyer's outstanding books on Norman Borlaug. They are written in a wonderful style telling a terrific story about Norman Borlaug who truly did more than his part to help feed the world particularly those who did not have much food available to them. Among many extarordinary characteristics Borlaug's perseverance, high moral values and life-long beliefs are something to admire. The Vietmeyer tribute to Borlaug is awesome.

Noting the price of the Kindle version, I would say you would be remiss if you didn't capitalize on it. One can never know how long such an extemely low price for such a valuable treatise and easy read will be available at this price. The hardback version is worth the price too!You won't be sorry if you click buy on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cshapiro on March 16, 2014
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Norman Borlaug changed the world. He came from humble beginings. His thirst for education, his underlying values, hard work, and dedication is inspiring. We don't all agree on what modern agriculture should look like, but at heart agronomists are applied scientists who want to help feed the world. While the pundits argue hungry mouths need food. How Dr. Borlaug turned around huge obstacles is documented in this book. It should be read to appreciate just how hard farm life was, and how agriculture development is the engine of prosperity. The world today is a different place thanks to Dr. Borlaug, and we can debate technology, however, this story remains an inspiration for those who care about using their talents for the common good.
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