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The Seeds We Sow

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Great story - great book

    I had heard of George Washington Carver, but had no idea the impact he had on our world. I had never heard of Henry Agard Wallace or Norman E. Borlaug, yet these three men leveraged kindness and the butterfly effect to literally put bread on our tables. This is not some boring story about agriculture. It starts with the spell-binding story of Carver's kidnapping in 1865 and spins forward all the way through the earth shaking events of the 20th century. Even there, much of what I thought I knew about that century's history was either ill-informed or had huge gaping holes. The Seeds We Sow is both a fascinating and inspirational read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    Highly Recommended - A MUST READ!!!

    Excellent read which I can say far surpassed my expectations! Just as the title implies ("the seeds that we sow"), the decisions that we make and the actions that we take, have long and often unforeseen consequences. As the book describes, some are positive and some are not. In fact, there are many surprising accounts of actions that were detrimental to mankind; many of which were initiated by persons, countries, and companies that one would never have expected.

    What is particularly refreshing is that the author provides a perspective which defines the effects of choosing kindness in a lasting and meaningful way. This runs as the central theme of the book. Too often we are given a cynical view of the world perpetuated by an "if it bleeds, it reads" mentality. In fact, the author turns this notion on its head.

    While reading the book, I felt like I was taken through a jaunt in history with many remarkable and unknown facts. What became very revealing is the fact that history does indeed tend to repeat itself. There are many parallels, for example, between the great depression and the current recession, not to mention between food shortages and the pricing of food in the past and in the present.

    Finally, I have to say bravo to the rich character development. While the historical figures from George Washington Carver, to Henry Agard Wallace, to Norman Bourlag made for good material, Mr. Beene was able to develop a richer understanding of their lives and perspectives. This had the effect of developing a flow which made for a great storyline.

    In summary, a very entertaining read which is very relevant to the times; and most importantly, which provides a framework for choosing kindness to the benefit of us all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    A very good read !

    I quite enjoyed this book! It was thought provoking,
    and uplifting. This is at once a multiple-biography,
    a study of agronomy and economics, a history lesson,
    and a philosophical statement on the power of simple
    individual kindnesses to eventually transform
    the human world for the better.....
    Beene has a writing style that's "easy on the eye";
    and he weaves together the story's wide ranging elements
    to make to make this a very good read.
    My one question to the author:
    "Well, when's your next book out ?!"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2011

    A must read!

    Most people have never even heard of Henry A. Wallace and Norman Borlaug, yet their kindness impacted our world in ways we cannot even begin to understand. I reccommend this book to everyone!

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Perhaps the most important book you will read in 2011

    This book provides an historical proof of how the butterfly effect of kindness works. Whether or not one believes in kindness or the butterfly effect is not even an issue. The simple fact is that it has impacted all of our lives in ways that are hard to even fathom. Many of the books readers and/or their parents would have starved to death had it not been for the kindness and determination of George Washington Carver, Henry Wallace and Norman Borlaug, yet few people know that story. Wow...what a piece of history. It is inspirational to realize that while the history written of the 20th century is stained with the blood of tyrants and mad men, the far more powerful, though untold, theme of that century was one of kindness. Whether you are a history buff or not, this is a must-read.

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