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I always look for books that will inform me in areas which are unfamiliar. So, it was a delight to listen to Spencer Well's Pandora's Seed. A geneticist, Wells orients thte reader to the beginings of agriculture perhaps 10,000 years ago. He moves forward through the centuries to finally, and importantly, tell us about the rise in obesity, diabetes, malaria an even dental decay. This book which is well written and nicely read by the author will be of general interest and the scientifically minded as well. If I can follow the history and arguments presented, any reader can. Give this one a try.
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Pandora's Seed, while containing all the essential ingredients to make me giddy - Natufians, evolutionary history, the rise and fall of empires - never quite congealed into a focused or inventive text. Because of its breadth, it skipped quickly between topics without any of the depth and insight that a reader expects from an expert-in-his-field like Spencer Wells. The overall effect of such a scatter-shot tour of the agriculture revolution's fallout, is that of a mash-up of the works other more inspired texts of authors such as Jared Diamond, Michael Pollan and Karen Armstrong. Still though a great premise and largely successful effort.
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