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When we talk about migrations, we should study plants to understand that these phenomena are unstoppable. In the many different ways plants move, we can see the incessant action and drive to spread life that has led plants to colonize every possible environment on earth. The history of this relentless expansion is unknown to most people, but we can begin our exploration with these surprising tales, engagingly told by Stefano Mancuso.

Generation after generation, using spores, seeds, or any other means available, plants move in the world to conquer new spaces. The number and variety of tools through which seeds spread is astonishing: we have seeds dispersed by wind, by rolling on the ground, by animals, by water, or by a simple fall from the plant, which can happen thanks to propulsive mechanisms, the swaying of the mother plant, the drying of the fruit, and much more.

In this accessible, absorbing overview, Mancuso considers how plants convince animals to transport them around the world, and how some plants need particular animals to spread; how they have been able to grow in places so inaccessible and inhospitable as to remain isolated; how they resisted the atomic bomb and the Chernobyl disaster; how they are able to bring life to sterile islands; how they can travel through the ages, as they sail around the world.

©2018 Gius. Laterza & Figli (P)2020 Tantor

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A wonderful experience with plants

This is a wonderful guide to the inner life of plants. Thank you, Stefan Mancuso and your translation and performance crew, Gregory Conti and David Stifel, respectively. This reads well in English and is performed well.

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An incredible volume, incomparable & Astounding

I have waited for years for this book. All of mancuso's books are rich and informative and colorful.
This book is another example of our important connection to plants and seeds and symbiosis

I highly recommend it and I also urge all to personally and proactively plant and carry and disperse seeds...it is unto us to revive the plant world which consumerism and greed has destroyed almost entirely....I especially love fruit trees and hav planted more than 300,000 fruit trees and 25,000 coconut trees in 53 years. This book makes the case even more clear. Plants need help now and we are the potential for their recovery from man made destruction....and neglect and hybridization .

Bravo! The narrator is SAG and very very good especially with Italian