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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Two Harbors Press (May 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935097415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935097419
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,624,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Edward Ryder was born in New York City. After attending local schools, he enrolled at Cornell University, where he received a B.S. degree in botanical sciences. He was accepted in the graduate program at the University of California, Davis and earned a Ph.D. in genetics and plant breeding.

After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he began a long career as a plant breeder with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Salinas, CA. During that period he produced over 100 publications related to his work, including two books, numerous book chapters, review articles, and research papers. He retired in 2003, and now enjoys reading and gardening as well as writing.


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EDWARD RYDER WAS BORN in New York City. After graduation from DeWitt Clinton High School, he enrolled at Cornell University, where he received a B.S. degree in botanical sciences. After graduating, he entered the graduate program at the University of California in Davis where he earned a Ph.D. in genetics and plant breeding.

After serving two years with the U.S. Army, he accepted a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Salinas, California, which lasted 44 years. He produced nearly 150 publications, including two books, numerous book chapters, research papers, and other publications. He bred and released for public use several varieties of crisphead lettuce, including the one he named Salinas, which became the most widely grown variety in the world. Known variously as Dr. Lettuce or The Lettuce King, Ed Ryder was acknowledged to be the world's foremost expert in the genetics and breeding of lettuce.

He retired in 2003 at the age of 73, and although kept busy with consulting and continuing to work for more than a year while his replacement was being sought, he began a new career as a writer of fiction. The Departments is his first venture into the world of make-believe, but not, he says, his last. He is currently working on a sequel to The Departments as well as another very different tale.

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By Ann E. Gagner on August 27, 2013
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It is a niche novel, of more interest to scientists and/or plant breeders than to the general public. I did learn some things and was interested in the politics at a university.
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Science is in the business of asking why, and sometimes science itself is asked why. "The Departments" is a story of a university faced with this question of why their work is important and why they do what they do. A small town is held up by its university, but the university's purpose is brought into question, and its researchers and scientists are faced with this question. Philosophical, educational, and riveting, "The Departments" is a choice and very highly recommended pick.
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