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Sunflowers: The Secret History: The Unauthorized Biography of the World’s Most Beloved Weed
Sunflowers: The Secret History: The Unauthorized B

 
Our Price: $23.00
By Joe Pappalardo (au)
Year: 2008
Pages: 256
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 9.78E+12

Product Code: 1437965016

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Perennially popular, the sunflower has colored the narrative of human history for the past thousand years. This entertaining social history of this scandalous flower stretches from the Stone Age to the Space Age, from its beatific healing role in Hopi tribal rituals to its covert involvement in the Cold War. Details how the plant made its epic journey from the caves of prehistoric tribes to the gardens of kings and presidents. It braves such topics as plagiarism, religious persecution, and flatulence. Explains how this deceptively innocent-looking flower was used by NASA to unravel a mystery discovered by Charles Darwin, and how the sunflower nearly prevented the Irish potato famine. “A delight for flower lovers, science aficionados, and trivia buffs alike.” Illus.

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