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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-13
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

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Pappalardo's unexpected and highly entertaining social history of this scandalous flower stretches from the Stone Age to the Space Age, from its healing role in Hopi tribal rituals to its covert involvement in the Cold War.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Sunflowers and Mep. 9
Of Bees, Mathematicians, and the Sex Lives of Sunflowersp. 19
The Godfather of Sunflowers and the Sunflower Detectivep. 31
The Cultivation Controversyp. 45
A Wildflower Tamedp. 67
Plant Hunters of the Newe World (and the Sad Tale of the SunChoke)p. 80
The United States of Sunflowerp. 99
Russia's Unofficial National Flowerp. 110
Welcome Home - Sunflowers in North Americap. 120
Comrade Helianthus: War, Repression, and Coming of Age in Soviet Russiap. 138
The Sunflower Gapp. 158
Space Flowerp. 179
Fights for the Futurep. 199
Welcome to Fargop. 221
Selected Resourcesp. 244
Indexp. 250
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