Michael Pollen is a master at weaving a story that engages the reader to open their mind to to a new persecutive that is often overlooked or ignored. I listened to this book two times in a row because the writing is so rich in detail. The story of the apple, tulip, cannabis, and potato are told through the lens of history, science, agriculture and psychology. I think differently about each one now and have recommend this book to numerous people.
I was a little reluctant to start a 20 hour tome on cancer thinking it would be depressing. This is a throughly fascinating story that is very well constructed to engage the reader. I am a doctor, but having gone to medical school over 25 years ago there is so much that has happened in cancer research in the past 25 years and so much history I did not know. The combination of history, research, basic science and clinical medicine are woven into a masterpiece. There may be sections that get to detailed for some but I found it a great strength of the book. It is a real tribute to the author of write on such a complex subject and to able to engage the physician and non physician.
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