What inspires desire for plants? In The Cactus Hunters, Jared Margulies takes readers through the intriguing world of succulent collecting, where collectors and conservationists alike are animated by passions that sometimes exceed the limits of the law. His globe-spanning journey offers complex insight into the fields of botany and criminology, political ecology and human geography, and psychoanalysis. Here, Margulies is joined in conversation with Samantha Walton.
"This book offers a powerful example of the value of close attention to the entangled lives of plants and their people." —Thom van Dooren, author of A World in a Shell: Snail Stories for a Time of Extinctions
"A deeply felt and nuanced reckoning with desire as a structurally produced and world-making force—a unique and major contribution to political ecology." —Rosemary Collard, author of Animal Traffic: Lively Capital in the Global Exotic Pet Trade
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