Mandaville writes clearly, unpompously, and with affectionate respect for the people he describes as 'consultants.' . . . He has patiently disentangled a highly evolved Bedouin ethnobotany.
Review of Middle East Studies
This is by far the best and most thorough account of mainland Arabian ethnobotany. Mandaville's work brings new sophistication to studies of Middle Eastern ethnoscience.
—E.N. Anderson, co-author of Political Ecology in a Yucatec Maya Community
James P. Mandaville has integrated all of his experience and narrative brilliance in a volume that is much more than just another ethnobotanical inventory. It is a well balanced monograph touching on many aspects of a culture that is transforming with dramatic speed and in many directions.