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Seeds of Change

Six Plants That Transformed Mankind

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November 22, 2005 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.3, 400 Pages | ISBN 9781593760496
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“Henry Hobhouse’s witty, inquisitive and well-written description of how five plants altered the course of events . . . is a triumph of a nimble . . . and disciplined mind.” —The Economist

A personal and highly original take on the history of six commercial plants, Seeds of Change illuminates how sugar, tea, cotton, the potato, quinine, and the coca plant have shaped our past. In this fascinating account, the impassioned Henry Hobhouse explains the consequences of these plants with attention-grabbing historical moments. While most records of history focus on human influence, Hobhouse emphasizes how plants too are a central and influential factor in the historical process. Seeds of Change is a captivating and invaluable addition to our understanding of modern culture.

HENRY HOBHOUSE was born in Somerset, England in 1924 and was educated at Eton. He worked as a journalist for The Economist, Daily Express, and the Wall Street Journal and was one of the first directors of CBS-TV News. In 1954, he returned to his farm in Somerset, where he remains today.

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“Henry Hobhouse’s witty, inquisitive and well-written description of how five plants altered the course of events . . . is a triumph of a nimble . . . and disciplined mind.” —The Economist

“A book, which subtly changes one’s whole perspective of the history of the past 400 years.” —The Sunday Telegraph

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