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A gripping biological detective story that uncovers the myth, mystery, and endangered fate of the worldas most humble fruit.

To most people, a banana is a banana: a simple yellow fruit. Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. In others parts of the world, bananas are what keep millions of people alive. But for all its ubiquity, the banana is surprisingly mysterious; nobody knows how bananas evolved or exactly where they originated. Rich cultural lore surrounds the fruit: In ancient translations of the Bible, the aapplea consumed by Eve is actually a banana (it makes sense, doesnat it?). Entire Central American nations have been said to rise and fall over the banana.

But the biggest mystery about the banana today is whether it will survive. A seedless fruit with a unique reproductive system, every banana is a genetic duplicate of the next, and therefore susceptible to the same blights. Today's yellow banana, the Cavendish, is increasingly threatened by such a blight — and there's no cure in sight.

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.

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"Koeppel does a good job of explaining the banana's complex biology and the equally complex efforts to save the endangered fruit." San Francisco Chronicle

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"[E]ven for an organic-food enthusiast like me, [Koeppel's] arguments...were compelling enough that they made me think. And that alone is worth the cover price." Boston Globe

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"A lively, well-modulated survey." Kirkus Reviews

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Read Dan Koeppel's posts on the Penguin Blog.

In the vein of the bestselling Salt and Cod, a gripping chronicle of the myth, mystery, and uncertain fate of the world’s most popular fruit

In this fascinating and surprising exploration of the banana’s history, cultural significance, and endangered future, award-winning journalist Dan Koeppel gives readers plenty of food for thought. Fast-paced and highly entertaining, Banana takes us from jungle to supermarket, from corporate boardrooms to kitchen tables around the world. We begin in the Garden of Eden—examining scholars’ belief that Eve’s “apple” was actually a banana— and travel to early-twentieth-century Central America, where aptly named “banana republics” rose and fell over the crop, while the companies now known as Chiquita and Dole conquered the marketplace. Koeppel then chronicles the banana’s path to the present, ultimately—and most alarmingly—taking us to banana plantations across the globe that are being destroyed by a fast-moving blight, with no cure in sight—and 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.

About the Author

Dan Koeppel has been writing for more than 20 years about bikes, bike racing, and outdoor adventure for National Geographic Adventure, Bicycling, Men's Journal, and ESPN: The Magazine. He was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Bill in Eugene, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Bill in Eugene)
All about the history, marketing, breeding and growing of our present day breed of banana. All kinds of facts and factoids about the banana. Our present day banana is subject to the Panama disease, which is so virulent that no control has been developed. Leaving its fate to eventually disappear from the face of the earth.
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mejaka, January 30, 2009 (view all comments by mejaka)
Is there an entire book within the skin of the simple banana? There is--and this is it. Readers of Koeppel's well-researched and well-written history will never look at a banana--or the famous companies that market them--in the same way again. From a mysterious disease that wiped out the banana our grandparents ate (the last were marketed the year before I was born, 1965) to the involvement of banana companies in coups, assassinations and the Bay of Pigs, to the desperate scramble by scientists to save not only the sweet and profitable favorite of American markets, but also the fundamental staple of many equatorial countries, this book is a fascinating illustration of the fact that nothing is as simple as it seems, and an amazing look at the past and possible future (or lack thereof) of the world's most popular fruit.
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sugarpaws, January 17, 2009 (view all comments by sugarpaws)
While searching for an unusual gift for my well read friends and relatives I came across Banana:the fate of the fruit that changed the world. I have to admit that it made me curious and I found it to be a fascinating read! I learned so much about the fruit that I've shared so many breakfasts with! Please do not pass this by,it is a well written study into our beloved and versital banana. I do not want to live in a bananaless future. Just amazing!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452290082
Author:
Koeppel, Dan
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
Industries - Agribusiness
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
Bananas
Subject:
Business - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations and photos throughout
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.02x5.34x.65 in. .55 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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Product details 304 pages Plume Books - English 9780452290082 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Koeppel does a good job of explaining the banana's complex biology and the equally complex efforts to save the endangered fruit."
"Review" by , "[E]ven for an organic-food enthusiast like me, [Koeppel's] arguments...were compelling enough that they made me think. And that alone is worth the cover price."
"Review" by , "A lively, well-modulated survey."
"Synopsis" by ,

Read Dan Koeppel's posts on the Penguin Blog.

In the vein of the bestselling Salt and Cod, a gripping chronicle of the myth, mystery, and uncertain fate of the world’s most popular fruit

In this fascinating and surprising exploration of the banana’s history, cultural significance, and endangered future, award-winning journalist Dan Koeppel gives readers plenty of food for thought. Fast-paced and highly entertaining, Banana takes us from jungle to supermarket, from corporate boardrooms to kitchen tables around the world. We begin in the Garden of Eden—examining scholars’ belief that Eve’s “apple” was actually a banana— and travel to early-twentieth-century Central America, where aptly named “banana republics” rose and fell over the crop, while the companies now known as Chiquita and Dole conquered the marketplace. Koeppel then chronicles the banana’s path to the present, ultimately—and most alarmingly—taking us to banana plantations across the globe that are being destroyed by a fast-moving blight, with no cure in sight—and 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.

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