paper, 205 pp., $19.95
Science writer Kara Rogers reflects on the relationship between nature and man in this fascinating history of the human perspective on the environment. The author explains humankind’s connection to plants from the earliest times to present day. She speaks about biophilia, the instinctive human attraction to nature: “This perhaps explains why many people enjoy activities such as hiking and bird-watching and why we support programs for environmental conservation....” Even though plants have been sought for their medicinal values for thousands of years, it is only within the last century that scientists and conservationists have sparred over their use. Nature specifically endangered plants and animals—has become the focus for opposing views to plant collections and harvesting. Botanists, students of pharmacology, naturalists, and all those working with the land will enjoy reading this insightful volume.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden