Seeds of Change: Six Plants that Transformed Mankind

by Henry Hobhouse

From the publisher: A personal and highly original take on the history of six commercial plants, Seeds of Change illuminates how sugar, tea, cotton, the potato, quinine, and the cocoa plant have shaped our past. In this fascinating account, the impassioned Henry Hobhouse explains the consequences of these plants with attention-grabbing historical moments. While most records of history focus on human influence, Hobhouse emphasizes how plants too are a central and influential factor in the historical process. Seeds of Change is a captivating and invaluable addition to our understanding of modern culture.

Henry Hobhouse was born in England in 1924 and educated at Eton. A journalist for the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and CBS, he returned to farm in his native England in 1954, where he resides today.

Counterpoint Press, 2005