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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Mar 11, Megan rated it really liked it. For example, bananas are cloned when farmed instead of reproduced, making it hard to breed a new banana. Today’s yellow banana, the Cavendish, is increasingly threatened by such a blight—and there’s no cure in sight. Then the last 60 pages were not interesting.

They controlled the governments of countries like Guatemala and Honduras, producing the term “banana republic. I walked into the front doors of my local library, and there was this book. Koeppel even traces the linguistic trail of the daj as it made its way around the world, noting similarities in local names for the fruit in diverse languages.

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I originally borrowed this audio book from the library so I had something to listen to koeopel my commutes. There is a lot of information to take in, and while you may know some of the info here, it is certain that there is a bunch you do not.

This was like reading a freaking textbook.

At points, I wondered why on earth I was listening to an eight hour book on Bananas. Yes, we have no academic tome here.


But the biggest mystery about the banana today is whether it will survive. What does this all mean for the future of human cloning? I knew it was a history of violent colonialism, but I didn’t know to what extent. Bukan hanya tragedi awal mula manusia sehingga terpaksa menjadi khalifah di muka bumi, tapi juga tragedi yang ditimbulkan para importir pisang yang ingin memonopoli pasokan kowppel, sehingga dapat mengacau-balaukan demokrasi di negara penghasil pisang biasa disebut Banana Republic.

A cousin to this genre is the micro-history on man-made constructs and other non-commodities including, but not limited to, homecleanlinesscolorreadingmarriagewives but, interestingly, not husbandscancerrabiessexzeroinfinityratsswearingcorpsesand many more. Banana boats – with their built-in cooling rooms to preserve the bananas – were the first Carribean cruise ships in the s.

Mar 22, Twila marked it as to-read Shelves: And I would bet that all, or surely most of it, is in this book. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Moeppel and Privacy Policy. Dan Koeppel is a well-known outdoors, nature, and adventure writer who has written for the New York Times MagazineOutsideAudubonPopular Scienceand National Geographic Adventurewhere he is a contributing editor.

Do I need that image in my mind as Koe;pel slog through the details of gene splicing?

BANANA by Dan Koeppel | Kirkus Reviews

It’s a little short on solid joeppel, but if what you want is something interesting and thought-provoking but not too much, of coursethis is a good choice. The loss of our American favorite banana, the Cavendish, from grocery shelves will be an inconvenience at most; the fact that two major American corporations are, double-handedly is that a word?

Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined.

Just thought I would put that out there as I saw reviews by people that were upset that this book was about banana’s. Perhaps it’s not perfect, but this is clearly a thoughtfully researched, accessible and meaningful book, and one that illustrates unwaveringly and yet compassionately and without evangelical fervor, the dangers of our w It’s hard for me to understand people who, in their reviews, throw this book to the proverbial wolves.


Although Koeppel Koeppel’s book is not bad, but kofppel also not great. Don’t read it unless you do. I learned a lot from this book Listened on hoopla. Basically, bananas run the world.

Banana combines a pop-science journey around the globe, a fascinating tale of an iconic American business enterprise, and a look into the alternately tragic and hilarious banana subculture one does exist — ultimately taking us to the high-tech labs where new bananas are literally being built in test tubes, in a race to save the world’s most beloved fruit.

It’s not quite a page-turner, but I learned much.

Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

Anyway, I bajana I can hold it together at the book club in the face of opinions I disagree with, because I am, after all, an adult, at least physically. Now I know that weaving back and forth between several narrative threads is de rigueur these days, but Koeppel goes to extremes.

Our most familiar application of the fiber also derives from the substance’s strength: I somehow don’t think so.

It is poorly written, sloppily researched, randomly organized, simplistically argued.