Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

by Dan Koeppel
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Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
TJA90 More than 1 year ago
Heard Koeppel interviewed on NPR and ordered this book straight away. Great read, engaging and tells a history of greed, war, fortunes and disasters this common little fruit has brought to the world. Great read!
drakevaughn More than 1 year ago
A fun read about the history of bananas and their uncertain future. Who knew anyone could fill an entire book about bananas, but somehow Koeppel managed to do it. Overall, it felt like an extended version of a magazine article, similar to those lengthy ones in the New Yorker. Indeed, some parts felt as though they were added just to pad the book, but others were quite fascinating. I was already well aware of the politics behind banana production and its imperialistic roots, but Koeppel does a great job expanding on the subject. Likewise, the modern plagues threatening the bananas’ survival was new to me and quite fascinating. Overall, it was a quick and interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting and for the most part easy to read. Who knew this unassuming fruit had such a complex history? I group this book with "Fast Food Nation" and "Nickel and Dimed", they should all be required reading.
Ian_Mule More than 1 year ago
I am a geography professor. This book would be a great book for an AP human geography class or for a broad-field social studies geography class. It covers a lot of themes, including: medical geography, agricultural diffusion, political geography, economic development, labor issues, and popular culture (i.e., getting people to consume bananas). The Anonymous Reviewer (the third one on here that gave it one star) that says the author is pessimistic probably didn't read the book. He implies that the author states things that are never stated in the book. The book is not about how dangerous Genetically Modified Foods are. (I agree they probably aren't.) Nor does it only harp on how evil the fruit companies are -- they admittedly were terrible but the author sees them as less so now. Finally, the author certainly doesn't recommend not eating the banana... I don't understand what that reviewer was getting at with his petulant "eat a banana" comment. Finally, most of the book is about how difficult the banana is to genetically modify unlike most other crops, which the third Anonymous Reviewer apparently has no grasp of because s/he didn't read the book. The downside of this book is that it is "uniquely organized" and some chapters just kind of fall into your lap. In fact, my hunch is the author wrote the book as a series of essays that would work on their own in case the publisher turned down the manuscript. Still, it is a marvelous tale and full of geographic concepts. Probably overstates the importance of the banana, but hell, why not?! Everyone loves bananas!!! :>) Great for advanced teen readers.
somanybooks2enjoy More than 1 year ago
I only read this book because I belong to a book club, and one of the members chose it. Banana was very informative and thought provoking. I now know more about the banana than I'll ever need to know. I enjoyed the history information the most and the impact this crop has had, both negative and positive, on the countries that produce it. The scientific information became a bit distracting, for me, and the sequencing was very confusing at times. Our book club had fun discussing Banana and we shared a great meal together, with of course, some banana dishes served. I don't recommend banana beer!
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Reclines on a velvet couch in a royal blue halter dress.
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This fascinating book provides us with an in-depth detailed look on a unique topic most of us don't know a penny's worth about. Who knew a banana could change people's lives so dramatically? I know I sure didn't until I read this book! One can't help but be amazed by the research done about a little yellow fruit by one man. He has truly changed the way I look at bananas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol. I wish i could)) he continues to f.Uck her ass. (Gtgtb :( tell meh dismays thoughts tomorrow about the lyrics im having karmy post)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got sleepy.)))) She stopped to take in air from nearly making herself faint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Banannas are a good source of potasium. Always bring a bananna to a party.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr Koppel's book is fastidiuos with a pessimist and dramatic look on food and business. He states that Bananas are doomed and will disappear in the near future subdued by Sigatoka fungus and the Panama disease but I wonder, why did he not say anything about bananas surviving thousand of years being a seedless, sterile and perennial plant? why did he not expand on the bananas' food value? Thank God we have hope, for years scientists have study and reserach different ways on how to genetically modify bananas (and other crops) to make them better and resistent to fungus and plagues in aid of world hunger (but then, Koppel diverts focus on the negative and not proven statements of the few who think that genetically modified food could make people ill) What can you expect from a pessimist writer who does not have a Business and/or Agricultural degree and who probably chose the topic not because he likes bananas with his cereal but to make money retelling the dark side story of a Fruit company already exploited by many authors, news papers and magazines. Koeppel's lack of foresight prevents him from writting more details about the positive things the fruit industry is doing now (21st century) and the challenges they have to face against the European Trade. Mr Koppel, keep eating your Cavendish bananas they have potassium, have you ever thought about the food value of bananas? if not google it, do not bother looking for it in your book.