Pollan is undoubtedly a gifted writer. There is a a sort of lightness to his writing, even when he writes about heavy things (like Montsanto or the Irish Potato Famine). In Botany of Desire he examines the complex relationship between Man and 4 other classes of organisms: Apples, tulips, ganja and potatoes. He's a good tales-teller and it's never boring with him. To sum the experience of reading this book I would say that I enjoyed most of his ideas about gardening and co-evolution, pagan nature-worship and genetic engineering (even though some were not as brilliant as others), and that it's a great book for amateur botanists.
Published by Bloomsbury.