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Seeds of Wealth

Five Plants That Made Men Rich

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December 13, 2005 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.25, 272 Pages | ISBN 9781593760892
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"You cannot help but admire and enjoy the company of a man who takes such a novel and global view of history." —Spectator

Seeds of Wealth is a collection of four elegant essays focusing on the economic and cultural consequences of the exploitation of timber, tobacco, rubber, and the wine grape. These cash crops have had, for the past three centuries, a profound effect on our world. In this intriguing account, Hobhouse illustrates how timber deficiency sparked an industrial revolution, tobacco lead to a wealthy and young nation, the rubber tree created nations, and wine provided the head, heart, and pocketbook with wealth.

Seeds of Wealth offers proof of how the seemingly irrelevant can have widespread unintended consequences. In presenting global history from his own perspective, Henry Hobhouse offers an overview of how nature has unwittingly contributed to the creation of human wealth and economic growth.

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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“You cannot help but admire and enjoy the company of a man who takes such a novel and global view of history.” —Spectator

“What distinguishes Hobhouse from other writers in this vein is his well-stocked mind, which is not so surprising considering his wide experience of the world… Seeds of Wealth may be about four plants which made men rich; it is also about plants which created a way of life.” —Times Literary Supplement

 

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