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Banana

The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

by Dan Koeppel

Banana
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2008, 304 pages
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    Jan 2009, 304 pages

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Eileen Conner (09/04/08)

Banana's history and science
An interesting look at the banana - how the cultivation of the fruit endangers its continuation as produce. The hope of developing new strains that can feed the starving world. Also a look back at the companies that caused wars and government overthrows to maintain their control of the banana monopoly. The book does drag at times when the genetics and the science are discussed, but other parts of the book are delightful as how the goals of companies caused the "banana republics" to be upheld, involving the US military at times. This is a book that I would recommend to people who like to look at how different commodities have affected history, much in the same strain as "Salt : A World History" or "The History of The World in Six Glasses."
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