"You can get off alcohol, drugs, women, food and cars, but once you're hooked on orchids you're finished. You never get off orchids ... never."|
- Joe Kunisch, Commercial Orchid Grower, Rochester, New York
In 1993 Eric Hansen led an expedition into the steaming jungles of Borneo to find the world's rarest orchid. Seven years later he was still on the trail of the true story behind one of nature's strangest plants and humanity's greatest obsessions.
"Terrific. Orchid Fever reads like a natural history thriller. Brimming with a dazzling trove of colorful characters, orchid lore and solid scientific fact."
- Natural History Magazine
"Wonderful ... I was up all night reading it, laughing and crying out in horror..."
- E. Annie Proulx, author of The Shipping News
"Told with great style and sardonic wit, this is a story about greed, tragicomic bureaucracy, and a most peculiar obsession that I still find hard to believe."
- Marc Reisner, author of Cadillac Desert
"Orchid Fever is a tale that cross-pollinates Darwin and Conrad. A vivid and compelling investigation of how simple flowers can lure strong minds to madness."
- Joe Kane, author of Running the Amazon, and Savages
"A highly unusual bit of travel writing involving the search for the world's rarest orchid. On his epic journey Hansen encounters a multitude of outrageous characters united by their passion for these fragile flowers. Brilliantly observed and very funny, Orchid Fever is travel writing at its finest."
- The Bookseller, London
"In my 40 years as an orchid scientist, author and book editor, I have never read anything quite like Orchid Fever. It is part absurdist black humor and part horticultural expose. Mr. Hansen displays a rare talent for capturing the allure of orchids, describing the dubious characters who lurk in the shadows, and exposing the small handful of self-appointed power brokers who rule the orchid world. Frightening, funny and full of tantalizing insider knowledge. And yes...there are strange and wonderful stories about orchids as well."
- Dr. Joseph Arditti, editor of Orchid Biology
"Most enjoyable. Orchid Fever should be required reading for anyone seriously interested in orchid conservation."
- Eric Hagsater, former Chairman Orchid Specialist Group, IUCN
Species Survival Commission
"Fabulous and brilliantly portrayed."
- Ned Nash, Director of Conservation, American Orchid Society
"Spellbinding ...an absolute pleasure to read."
- Michael Lidsky, CITES Program Coordinator, USDA
- USA Today
"Orchid Fever has created a firestorm of debate in the orchid world and orchidists owe it to themselves to read Hansen's revelations in this lively, well-written, engaging and disturbing book."
- Marianne Matthews, President, Orchid Digest Corporation
"A delicious literary adventure and horticultural exposé..."
- Miami Herald
"A very insightful and important book, told with a fine sense of humor."
- Gunnar Seidenfaden, Author of The Orchids of Peninsular Malaysia &
"Revealing and lucidly written..."
- Barrons International
"I loved Orchid Fever. Powerful storytelling. Balanced, fair and well documented."
- Dr. Eric Christenson, Orchid Taxonomist
"Regarding the idiocies of CITES...I wanted to burst in applause and/or laughter."
- Alasdair Morrison
"Orchid Fever is indeed a fine book and a great pleasure to read."
- Dr. Leonid Averyanov, Komarov Botanical Institute, St. Petersburg,
"Reader beware! The purchase of this book will lead to one sleepless night of laughter."
- Dr. Guido Braem, Orchid Taxonomist, author of The Genus
Paphiopedilum: Natural History and Cultivation
"Mesmerizing...eye-opening...a great piece of investigative journalism."
- Catherine Cash, author of The Slipper Orchids
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