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This review is from: Flower Hunters (Hardcover)
What an excellent read. I bought this book a while ago on a whim, partly due to the other reviews on this page, and I am glad I did. The book covers many different characters, some, like Linnaeus, already well known, others such as Robert Fortune, less so.
The book is arranged chronologically, and, as the subjects are situated in context, it also highlights the changes in technology, particularly transport, through the period covered by the book.
The book highlights the troubles that these early pioneers of botany went to in order to bring the flowers of the world to the UK, some going to life threatening extremes.
I think that the authors have got the amount of detail about right for each of the chapters, giving enough to feel that you have learnt about the part they played in the history of botany whilst also allowing the possibility of further reading for any character of particular interest.
Overall, an easy read that is highly recommended.