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The Potato: How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World

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The Potato tells the story of how a humble vegetable, once regarded as trash food, had as revolutionary an impact on Western history as the railroad or the automobile. Using Ireland, England, France, and the United States as examples, Larry Zuckerman shows how daily life from the 1770s until World War I would have been unrecognizable-perhaps impossible-without the potato, which functioned as fast food, famine insurance, fuel and labor saver, budget stretcher, and bank loan, as well as delicacy. Drawing on personal diaries, contemporaneous newspaper accounts, and other primary sources, this is popular social history at its liveliest and most illuminating.

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Despite Ireland's Great Famine and terms like "couch potato," Seattle writer Zuckerman extols the pivotal role of the "treasure of the Andes" in Western history from the 16th through 20th century.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [303]-313) and index.

About the Author

Larry Zuckerman is a freelance editor and writer. He lives in Seattle with his wife and young son.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865475786
Author:
Zuckerman, Larry
Publisher:
North Point Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
Potatoes
Subject:
Plants and history.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Potatoes -- History.
Subject:
General
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
Social history
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes Maps, Notes, a Bibliography, an
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.18 x 5.51 x 0.87 in

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