- Gebundene Ausgabe: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: Grand Central Publishing; Auflage: New edition. (1. April 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1455554499
- ISBN-13: 978-1455554492
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,9 x 3,2 x 23,5 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 179.842 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. April 2014
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"A treasure trove of stories."―Robin Young, NPR's Here and Now
"I didn't expect [SEEDS OF HOPE] to create a powerful shift inside me. But it did....What I'd never fully gotten before this book is how knowledge could awaken feelings of intimacy. As I read SEEDS OF HOPE, again and again I felt appreciation, gratitude and awe. . . . I actually found myself loving our earth more."―Frances Moore Lappé, The Huffington Post
"[A] far-ranging, gracefully impassioned book...A crucial and commanding summons to care and act by one of nature's most heroic champions."―Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)
"Goodall makes a passionate case for more aggressive conservation of what's left of our global garden."―-Breanna Draxler, Discover
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Jane Goodall is the world's foremost authority on chimpanzees. An internationally renowned conservationist, she is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and has received many distinguished awards in science. Dr. Goodall is also the author of many acclaimed books, including the bestseller Reason for Hope.
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From an early age, Goodall loved plants, and even had a special tree at her grandmother's house. While off fighting to save the chimpanzees she was studying the local vegetation as well. In this book there are some accounts of her own experience, but it is also a book of history and current activities in regards to the plant world and the development of world crops. She covers GMO's, plantations, poisonous plants, beneficial plants and much more. The actual book is broken into four parts. My Love For the Natural World, which is just Goodall's history with plants. Hunting, Gathering and Gardening, which talks about the different gardens and seed banks in the world and even has a special section on orchids. Uses and Abuses of Plants, which includes sections on healing, drug plants, plantations, mono-crops and GMO's. And the Way Forward which shows what is going on now to help preserve some of the different plants of the world that are rapidly becoming extinct.
Goodall is almost always polite. When faced with distasteful topics she kind of side steps around the people who are making it bad and instead focuses on those who are doing good and making differences. So nothing is scathing in this book in regards to anyone. And a lot of her personal stories are very nice too. It's easy to see she was close to her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandmother and the garden that she had.
This book covers some controversial topics. Goodall is a pretty large name and she blasts GMO's and other crop practices pretty hard. There's going to be some mad people as a result. But, since I'm anti-GMO I'm perfectly fine with what she has to say. If you don't believe the same way though, you won't be happy. You have been warned. She did bring up a bunch of topics I knew nothing about and found incredibly interesting. Like the amount of methane that is produced by rice paddies. I always thought rice was a pretty good crop, but on a large scale that doesn't appear to be the case. Just little facts like that make the book well worth reading. And the pleasant tone, despite the hard topics, makes it very engaging and easy to read.
I enjoyed this book by Goodall and because of that would probably read more of her books. She takes an interesting topic and introduces readers to all parts of it.
**This book was received as a Goodreads Giveaway**
Seeds of Hope
Review by M. Reynard 2014
It is also an accessible book, nothing "difficult" here to plow through, and so that means it is far from boring. Well, I'd thought before I read it that it might contain a tad bit of boredom, but Goodall knows when to pause, when to move forward quickly and when to stop altogether. She tells stories of plants (you will absolutely love the one about "Survivor," the tree who on 9/11 survived a building falling on it) that will make you weep and cheer and laugh. She gives you interesting facts about plants that will stick in your memory, such as the Empress Josephine was crazy for Dr. Dahl's best flower: Dahlias. She raised them herself and would allow no one else to handle them. Also, I'd always thought orchids were rare and timid plants but it turns out they comprise the largest family of flowering plants, over 26,000 species with more than 100 new species being discovered every year. I enjoyed, as well, hearing about the plant explorers who traveled all over the world, had many amazing adventures, only to collect strange and new plants and bring them back to Europe. Finally, Goodall and her group has worked with medicine men and women all over the world, 86 to be exact, and every one of them declares that EVERY PLANT has some kind of healing power. How nice that Mother Earth so looks after her children.
A diverse and well-written book, you will enjoy (and benefit from) what she has to say about trees, botanical gardens, plantations, GMO's (just to name a few chapters), as well as be entertained by the stories she lavishly dishes out in each chapter. Not only is this book suited to a general readership of curious people, but it would be a fabulous book used as an adjunct text to a beginning college course in general botany. Not one page is dull and every chapter offers satisfaction and the opportunity to read more deeply in the subject matter. Both touching and terrifying, I thank Jane Goodall for writing it as it is one of those books that can enlighten the world.
Beyond that I was troubled by some basic errors in history, dates she uses in early American settlement history for example, and in some farming information that is inaccurate. I can't believe her editors did not pick up on some of this. After all this book was extensively overhauled and foot noted after charges of plagiarism surfaced when the book was first published.
If Goodall had stuck to stories about the wonder of plants and her own experiences with them it would have been a much better book. I know she is passionate about saving the environment and I don't fault her for that. But much of this part of the book just echoes the countless other books out there using less than objective science on the issue. I am not interested in going over that junk science anymore.
Professional reviewers have treated the book gingerly, had Goodall not been 80 years old and a cultural icon the reviews would have been much more scathing. Despite the inaccuracies and copying of material the book still has some beautiful things to say and for that reason most people will enjoy reading it.