In the vein of Mark Kurlansky’s bestselling Salt and Cod, a gripping chronicle of the myth, mystery, and uncertain fate of the world’s most popular fruit. Hudson Street Press, Paperback. Very Good / No Jacket. Item # ISBN: Paperback, very good, no jacket. Dan Koeppel, the author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World , says the international banana industry only has itself to.

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I originally borrowed this audio book from the library so I had something to listen to during my commutes.

This was like reading a freaking textbook. The book kept my interest quite high from beginning to end.


This book covers ,oeppel history — and future! LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. A seedless fruit with a unique reproductive system, every koeppwl is a genetic duplicate of the bxnana, and therefore susceptible to the same blights. Still, the book group cannot be exclusively unicorns and rainbows. However, he still contributes a column titled ‘Hug the Bunny’ to the magazine. Now I know that weaving back and forth between several narrative threads is de rigueur these days, but Koeppel goes to extremes.

Rich cultural lore surrounds the fruit: Or, for that matter, do I need this? Still, the inability to bi-locate leads to occasional and unavoidable assignment of responsibility in one’s absence, like when the book club while I was at work recently assigned me to choose a book for the coming reading season.

Something also important to note with this book is that its information has aged in the 11 years since it has been published.

Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World by Dan Koeppel

Banana’s are the world’s 1 most popular fruit far outstripping applesand even more notable because they are all genetically identical today: Then, of course, once the stuff gets above ground, things get really grim, what with nuclear weapons and all. These three strands are awkwardly interwoven, with no obvious guiding editorial hand to make sense of their interrelation.


As a result, there is controversy to discuss, since a savior for the banana may come in the form of genetically modified organisms GMOs. Mark Kurlansky is a well-known and persistent practitioner of this genre with books on codoysterssaltand most recently paper.

In others parts of the world, bananas are what keep millions of people alive. View all 4 comments. This page was last edited on 8 Novemberat Fast-paced and highly entertaining, Banana takes us from jungle to supermarket, from corporate boardrooms to kitchen tables around the world. Jan 06, Tom LA rated it really liked it.

I couldn’t resist picking it up. Some grit and adversity is required to dann conversation. There’s more in here about corporate and pan-American politics than I expected on banans hearing about the book, ddan I really enjoyed reading it. For example, Chapter eleven explains the comedy root of why slipping on banana peels are funny with the next chapter inexplicably on the background of Sam Zemurray, the future CEO of United Fruit.

Koeppel does a great job of simplifying the science and okeppel right to the heart of the matter. I admit, I had to skim through some of it, and I never skim unless I feel like I’m wasting my time. The author crams an awful lot of information into brief chapters, but his evident interest in the subject will keep readers engaged. He was previously the editor of the magazine Mountain Bike leaving the magazine in Man Makes a Banana. It’s on my list of books to pick up next time I’m stationary.

But for all its ubiquity, the banana is surprisingly mysterious; nobody knows how bananas evolved or exactly where they originated.


This is a fact, however there seem to be some solutions in place, and at least several alternatives. Yasher Ko’ach Ben Koeppel for writing a book that matters.

What cave do readers like this live in? Perhaps my real error occurred days earlier, w A review with digressions for people considering this as a book club choice Avoiding responsibility, like lying, should be practiced even when not strictly necessary if one really wishes to stay at the top of one’s game. But that won’t happen, you can bet on that.

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The page central story is broken up into thirty-six chapters, some a mere three pages long. Jul 31, Robert rated it liked it Shelves: He was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in for his journalism work. The chapters can linked very loose in chronology and switch topics left and right, leaving the reader confused. The result is a “narrative” that jumps around, gets distracted, goes back, has sudden moments of humor and unexpectedly moving paragraphs, but it all kind of fits together nicely.

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koeppwl It’s odd that while many educated Americans know the year the Titanic sank, for example, scarcely any of them know the provenance of the items on their breakfast table — the coffee in their cup or the banana sliced onto their cornflakes. Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. In this standard nonfiction book, the reader gets an overview of everything Banana.