Cotton

The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber
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Author(s): Stephen Yafa
Original Publish Date: Jun 27, 2006
Product Number: EB00389839
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781101221358
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Description

In the tradition of Mark Kurlansky's Cod and Salt, this endlessly revealing book reminds us that the fiber we think of as ordinary is the world's most powerful cash crop, and that it has shaped the destiny of nations. Ranging from its domestication 5,500 years ago to its influence in creating Calvin Klein's empire and the Gap, Stephen Yafa's Cotton gives us an intimate look at the plant that fooled Columbus into thinking he'd reached India, that helped start the Industrial Revolution as well as the American Civil War, and that made at least one bug—the boll weevil—world famous. A sweeping chronicle of ingenuity, greed, conflict, and opportunism, Cotton offers "a barrage of fascinating information" (Los Angeles Times).