Sunflowers "There is a time in every author's relationship with a topic when he crosses the line into obsession," says the affable Joe Pappalardo, who seems… Sunflowers "There is a time in every author's relationship with a topic when he crosses the line into obsession," says the affable Joe Pappalardo, who seems… 2008-03-13 Nonfiction Science and Technology Overlook
Book Review

Sunflowers (2008)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 13, 2008; Writer: Joe Pappalardo; Genres: Nonfiction, Science and Technology; Publisher: Overlook

''There is a time in every author's relationship with a topic when he crosses the line into obsession,'' says the affable Joe Pappalardo, who seems to find sunflowers everywhere: He claims Hitler invaded Russia because he wanted the country's sunflower oil and notes that another form of the weed, the Jerusalem artichoke, was rejected as a food source in 17th-century Europe (which is unfortunate, since its use could have averted the Irish potato famine). Though some of Pappalardo's interview subjects in Sunflowers exude a standard scholarly dryness, Pappalardo himself does not in this lively, compulsively readable account. B+

Originally posted Mar 21, 2008 Published in issue #984 Mar 28, 2008 Order article reprints
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