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Weeds: In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants Paperback – June 26, 2012
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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“Fascinating. . . . [A] loving tribute to the common weed.” (Associated Press)
“Entertaining. . . . [A] sprightly journey through horticultural history.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Wry and subtle. . . . Mabey argues without scolding, that at a time of great environmental change and uncertainty, weeds may soon be all we’ve got left.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Smart. . . . Mabey is at his best when he takes us along on his own weedy adventures.” (Washington Post)
“Like Michael Pollan in “The Botany of Desire,” Mabey shows that it is not at all clear here who is in charge, who has the moral high ground and who will survive long after the last weed has been pulled from the last over-tended suburban acre.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Excellent. . . . He tracks humanity’s ongoing tussle with weeds, all in prose that delights at every turn.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
“Elegant and thoughtful. . . . I may not turn the mower aside when I encounter the next thistly, pod-bearing stem. But I will stop, stoop and take a closer look.” (Dallas Morning News)
“A jaunty chronicle of botany and history that ventures from the first farm fields of Mesopotamia to the broken asphalt of our modern cities.” (Charleston Post & Courier)
“A lyrical, wise, witty, intimate musing about garden outcasts—and about us, too.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
“As witty and lively as it is comprehensive. . . . A stimulating sojourn with the world’s most fascinating and ingenious plants.” (Portsmouth Herald)
From the Back Cover
Weeds are botanical thugs, but they have always been essential to our lives. They were the first crops and medicines and they inspired Velcro. They adorn weddings and foliate the most derelict urban sites. With the verve and historical breadth of Michael Pollan, acclaimed nature writer Richard Mabey delivers a provocative defense of the plants we love to hate.
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