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Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants Hardcover – 24 Apr 2014
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Praise for Hope For Animals and Their World
"These accounts of conservation success are inspirational." --Publishers Weekly
"Goodall's intimate writing style and sense of wonder pull the reader into each account... The mix of personal and scientific makes for a compelling read." --Booklist
"A treasure trove of stories." "Robin Young, NPR's Here and Now""
"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 Lappe, 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
Renowned naturalist and bestselling author Jane Goodall examines the critical role that trees and plants play in our world.See all Product description
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I found it as enjoyable and well written as her previous books on apes.
It is highly recommended but readers should be aware that the Washington Post and the New York Times have said recently that there is evidence that several passages in the book have been 'borrowed' without attribution. Other critics have said openly that they have found clear evidence of plagiarism in the book as well as some 'dodgy' science.
If these charges are proven, which seems likely, it would be regarded as a very serious offence in the literary world, arguably the most serious.
It would be a great shame if 78 year-old Jane saw a distinguished career end in this way.
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From her immediate fascination of the flora and fauna in and around the yard at such a young age, one can easily see why her life’s work eventually led to nature, the environment and conservation.
Dr. Jane takes us from the marvels of the plant kingdom itself through the grit and determination of early plant explorers to botanical gardens, seed banks, the art and skills of gardening, the dangers of genetically modified organisms, corporate greed in agricultural production and concluding with conservation efforts world-wide...plus so much more.
I may be somewhat biased in my review as I managed a university greenhouse program for thirty-two years and prior to that was an assistant at an experimental farm... therefore, I do have a high regard for the subject at hand...plants.
Wonderfully written with insight and hope for our natural world...and ourselves.