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5.0 out of 5 stars Flower power -- 17th century style!
This is a fascinating view of the impact of trade on the development of culture, of the limitless capacity of humans to be petty and avaricious, of the naive and inventive efforts of gardeners who knew almost nothing about the biology of plants, and much, much more. Starting with the earliest interest in tulips in (and giving a wonderful overview of the cultural values...
Published on April 1, 2000 by Lynn Hughes

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3.0 out of 5 stars Tiptoe through the history of the tulip
Many gardeners may believe that the Dutch "created" the tulip, or that, at the very least, it was native to the region. The truth is, as we can learn from Mike Dash, that botanists introduced tulips to the Dutch after discovering them growing wild in the valleys and oases of the Pamir Mountains in Russia and the Tien Shan that border China. Out of these harsh mountains in...
Published on April 11, 2002 by Jessica Ferguson


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5.0 out of 5 stars a history lesson with modern implications, December 12, 2013
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Anybody that would trade a house for flowers would be rightfully considered strange, but this is what happened in the Netherlands.

With stock market and mortgage speculations and government bailouts in our recent history, it is frighting to think that this has been going on for centuries. We can sit and laugh at people who lost all of their money because of flowers, but it provides an important lesson about investment and how bubbles will burst. A must read for historians or economists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tulips!, August 1, 2013
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Craziness. People betting on prices going up, up, up. Taking loans, flipping tulips, gambling on futures. Everyone was nuts over tulips and then it was over just like that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great history of the time!, May 28, 2013
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Whether or not you are interested in flowers, the book gives quite a unique inside to the era, reading more like a mystery book than a history book. Well written and an easy read, it is a highly recommended read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting, April 28, 2013
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A must read for all that are interested in the culture of flowers and how something so small as a bulb can influence an age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Framing the discussion, February 8, 2013
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Everytime the malefactors of great wealth blow up the economy, some blogger brings up tulipmania, the sudden enthusiasm for flowers during the Dutch golden age. This is the definitive account written in clear English, not as common as it may seem, arriving in excellent condition and available at a great price. Please offer more bargains like this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Coveted Flower..., January 12, 2013
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In the 1630s, visitors to the prosperous trading cities of the Netherlands couldn't help but notice that thousands of normally sober, hardworking Dutch citizens from every walk of life were caught up in an extraordinary frenzy of buying and selling. The object of this unprecedented speculation was the tulip, a delicate and exotic Eastern import that had bewitched horticulturists, noblemen, and tavern owners alike. For almost a year rare bulbs changed hands for incredible and ever-increasing sums, until single flowers were being sold for more than the cost of a house.

Historians would come to call it tulipomania. It was the first futures market in history, and like so many of the ones that would follow, it crashed spectacularly, plunging speculators and investors into economic ruin and despair.

This is the history of the tulip, from its origins on the barren, windswept steppes of central Asia to its place of honor in the lush imperial gardens of Constantinople, to its starring moment as the most coveted--and beautiful--commodity in Europe. Historian Mike Dash vividly narrates the story of this amazing flower and the colorful cast of characters--Turkish sultans, Yugoslav soldiers, French botanists, and Dutch tavern keepers--who were centuries apart historically and worlds apart culturally, but who all had one thing in common: tulipomania
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5.0 out of 5 stars History repeats itself., May 26, 2001
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Substitute .com for Tulip and you get the idea! This is only the most recent example. There will be more!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is a really good book to read, November 14, 2014
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It is a really good book to read. I found the history of the tulip very interesting and the book keeps your attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Seller, August 21, 2014
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Fast shipping. Nice wrapping. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tulip Time, June 1, 2006
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C. Willson "Tulip" (Oklahoma City, OK USA) - See all my reviews
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My fiance bought this book for me at Tulip Time 2005 in Holland Michigan. He was born there and spent his whole life there and I have fallen in love with everything Dutch. I just got to start the book a couple of weeks ago but it has been amazing! It conveys everything about the tulip (which I love)! This book is absolutely great!
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