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    DescriptionSome people will do anything for beauty or fame"FANTASTIC. If I did not know most of the main players I would have thought the author had a vivid and twisted imagination.."--Paul Martin Brown, author of "Wild Orchids of Florida""A fascinating true story of obsession, greed, and lust for the unobtainable. Reminds me a great deal of "The Maltese Falcon." This rare flower is definitely the stuff that dreams are made of."--Ace Atkins, author of "Devil's Garden" and "Infamous""Pittman has captured the extreme competition, unique characters, and general insanity that often typify the orchid world. "The Scent of Scandal "exemplifies how passion and profit can overrule common sense and the law."--Scott Steward, former associate editor, "North American Native Orchid Journal"After its Peruvian discovery in 2002, "Phragmipedium kovachii "became the rarest and most sought-after orchid in the world. Prices soared to $10,000 on the black market. Then one showed up at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, where every year more than 100,000 people visit. They come for the lush landscape on Sarasota Bay and for Selby's vast orchid collection, one of the most magnificent in the world. The collision between Selby's scientists and the smugglers of "Phrag. kovachii," a rare ladyslipper orchid hailed as the most significant and beautiful new species discovered in a century, led to search warrants, a grand jury investigation, and criminal charges. It made headlines around the country, cost the gardens hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, and led to tremendous internal turmoil. Investigative journalist Craig Pittman unravels this tangled web to shine a spotlight on flaws in the international treaties governing trade in endangered wildlife--which may protect individual plants and animals in shipping but do little to halt the destruction of whole colonies in the wild. "The Scent of Scandal "unspools like a riveting mystery novel, stranger than anything in Susan Orlean's "The Orchid Thief "or the film "Adaptation." Pittman shows how some people can become so obsessed--with beauty, with profit, with fame--that they will ignore everything, even the law.


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    Title
    The Scent of Scandal
    Subtitle
    Greed, Betrayal and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Craig Pittman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780813039749
    ISBN 10: 0813039746
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 560
    BIC subject category V2: WNP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14270
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036120
    Ingram Theme: CULT/SATLAN, CULT/SOEAST, CULT/LATAME
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    Libri: I-NA
    BIC subject category V2: BTC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/21CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: TRU000000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Ingram Theme: GEOG/FLORID
    BISAC V2.8: NAT013000
    DC22: 584.409759
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 584/.409759
    LC classification: QK495.O64 P52 2012
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    DC23: 584.409759
    Thema V1.0: WNP, DNXC
    Publisher
    University Press of Florida
    Imprint name
    University Press of Florida
    Publication date
    05 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Florida
    Author Information
    Craig Pittman is an award-winning journalist who writes about environmental issues for Florida's largest newspaper, the "St. Petersburg Times." He is the coauthor of "Paving Paradise "and author of "Manatee Insanity."
    Back cover copy
    "FANTASTIC. If I did not know most of the main players I would have thought the author had a vivid and twisted imagination."--Paul Martin Brown, author of "Wild Orchids of Florida" "A fascinating true story of obsession, greed, and lust for the unobtainable. Reminds me a great deal of "The Maltese Falcon." This rare flower is definitely the stuff that dreams are made of."--Ace Atkins, author of "Devil's Garden" and "Infamous""Pittman has captured the extreme competition, unique characters, and general insanity that often typify the orchid world. "The Scent of Scandal "exemplifies how passion and profit can overrule common sense and the law."--Scott Steward, former associate editor, "North American Native Orchid Journal"
    Flap copy
    Every year more than 100,000 people visit Sarasota's Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, in large part to see its vast orchid collection, one of the most magnificent in the world. But the most famous orchid in Selby's history the one hailed as the most significant find in a century isn't on display. It's the one that led to search warrants, a grand jury investigation, and headlines around the country. Discovered in Peru in 2002, the Phragmipedium kovachii quickly became the most sought-after orchid in the world. Prices soared to $10,000 on the black market and otherwise rational people bent rules and broke laws in their obsessive quest to possess it. Award-winning journalist Craig Pittman covered this fascinating story, as it happened, for the St. Petersburg Times, Florida's largest newspaper. In this enthralling account, he unravels the tangled web of smugglers, scientists, and federal investigators to reveal who the real criminals were in this sordid affair. He also shines a spotlight on flaws in the international treaties governing trade in endangered wildlife treaties that often protect individual plants and animals in shipping but do little to halt the destruction of whole colonies in the wild. With candid interviews from nearly everyone involved in the case, The Scent of Scandal unspools like a riveting mystery novel, stranger than anything in Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief or the film Adaptation. Pittman shows how some people can become so obsessed with beauty, with profit, with fame, with the desire to own a rare flower that even the possibility of going to prison will not deter their risking everything.