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The History and Social Influence of the Potato (Cambridge Paperback Library) Paperback – November 27, 1985

ISBN-13: 978-0521316231 ISBN-10: 0521316235 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (November 27, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521316235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521316231
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,373,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It is a work of profound and accurate scholarship, the product, over long years, of patient and careful research. Side by side with the history of the potato, its adoption by man and its spread throughout the world, is a study of the influence which it has exerted on the social structure of those people who accepted it as a staple article of diet.' Nature

'It is a great work, in many respects a noble work, that will excite attention and arouse interest in many quarters.' The Spectator

'His profound learning and the felicity of phrase with which he is able to express it from a combination which carries the reader avidly from page to page ... Dr Salaman has written a truly monumental work.' Horticultural Abstracts

'This book stands as the high achievement of an erudite and humane person of wide knowledge and even wider understanding.' Heredity

Book Description

A reissue of a scholarly classic considers the influence of the potato on the social structure and economy throughout history wherever men adopted it as a mainstay of their diets.

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It's more scholarly than I expected, but a very interesting read nonetheless.
Judith
After having read this to my kids, my wife started asking me what it was with this book that made my kids so eager to learn more about potatoes.
Eirik Myge
This book, crafted from the hands of god himself has prevented me from falling into the depths of the pit of despair.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
Redcliffe Salaman chronicles the history of the potato from prehistory through modern times with the vehemence and passion of a zealot. This book contains a tremendous amount of information about the cultures that have made use of the potato as well as all you could ask about the noble tuber itself, including dietary and cultivation information. Here, in a book about spuds, you'll learn plenty about human nature, the nature of civilizations, and even art.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gina P on January 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a simply amazing story of love, compassion, and potatoes. I thought I knew everything about potatoes but I was wrong. My children beg me to read more about potatoes every night before bed. Since reading this book I have bought over 600 tons of potatoes. Thank you for this wonderful and inspiring book :)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By potatowoman on August 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is about the 8th history of the potato I have read. I thought I knew everything but I was pleasantly surprised to discover this treasure. It is by far the best history of the potato you will ever read. It is a true thriller. I could not put it down. It is delicately woven with an intricate love story and drama appropriate for children (if you would like a non child version you can read 50 shades of potato, the sequel.)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Zajac Jr. on April 14, 2010
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Very scholarly and extremely interesting. The roots (no pun intended) of modern civilization have
more to do with the potato than I could ever have imagined. The South American historical speculations
are riveting and with the more recent archeological discoveries in that part of the world this book's
relevance is more fascinating now than when it was written some 50 or so years ago. A classic in every
sense of the word.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eirik Myge on November 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Someone might say a book is like a hot potato sometimes. This is NOT one of those. I have tried to find other books on potato with a similar twist like this one, but I don't think any other book about potatoes comes close.

After having read this to my kids, my wife started asking me what it was with this book that made my kids so eager to learn more about potatoes. I read her a few chapters, and the last six weeks, we have spent together, late nights, just reading The Historical and Social Influence of the potato to eachother.

I saw another review, telling that he had bought over 600 tons of potatoes after reading this. We actually bought an extra basement, just to fill it up with our 800 tons of potatoes.
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