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    Description"The fascinating stories of the plants that changed civilizations." "Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History" is a beautifully presented guide to the plants that have had the greatest impact on human civilization. Entries feature a description of the plant, its botanical name, its native range and its primary functions -- edible, medicinal, commercial or practical. Concise text is highlighted by elegant botanical drawings, paintings and photographs as well as insightful quotes. Many of the plants are well known, such as rice, tea, cotton, rubber, wheat, sugarcane, tobacco, wine grapes and corn. However, there are also many whose stories are less known. These history-changing plants include: Agave, used to make sisal, poison arrows, bullets, tequila and surgical thread Pineapple, which influenced the construction of greenhouses and conservatories Hemp, used for hangman's rope, sustainable plastics, the Declaration of Independence and Levi's jeans Coconut, used for coir fiber, soap, margarine, cream, sterile IV drips and coagulants Eucalyptus, used in mouthwash, diuretics, vitamins, honey, underwear and fire-resistant uniforms Sweet pea, which Gregor Mendel used in his research on genetic heredity White mulberry, used to make silk English oak, used for fire-resistant structures, dyes, leather tanning, charcoal, casks and ships White willow, used in the manufacture of aspirin, cricket bats, hot-air balloon baskets and coffins This attractive reference provides an innovative perspective on both botanical and human history.

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    Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bill Laws
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 223
    Width: 176 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 703 g
    ISBN 13: 9781554077984
    ISBN 10: 1554077982

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.3
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 02
    BIC subject category V2: WNP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14270
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 40
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    Libri: I-NA
    B&T General Subject: 380
    BISAC V2.8: GAR018000
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    DC22: 581.63
    DC21: 581.63
    BISAC V2.8: NAT026000
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    DC22: 581.6/309
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    LC classification: SB71 .L39 2010
    Thema V1.0: WNP, NHB
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations
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    Publication date
    25 January 2011
    Author Information
    Bill Laws is a social historian and the author of 10 books. He has contributed to such publications as the "Guardian," the "Daily Telegraph" and "BBC History" magazine. He lives in England.
    Review quote
    The illustrations are from other works, but, honestly, I hardly looked at them because the prose packed such a wallop.--Linda Yang"North American Rock Garden Society (www.nargs.org)" (01/31/2012)