The Scents of Eden: A History of the Spice Trade

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Kodansha International, 1999 - Business & Economics - 337 pages
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Based on archival material, this book presents the history of the military, diplomatic and economic power struggle for control of the world's most lucrative food stuffs, and domination of the Indian Ocean. Clothed in mystery and lost in uncharted seas, the Spice Islands of the early sixteenth century tantalized European imagination to the point of obsession. As the only place on Earth where grew the 'holy trinity' of spices-cloves, nutmeg, and mace-these minuscule islands quickly became a wellspring of international intrigue and personal fortune,

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User Review  - Karl - Goodreads

I found Charles Corn's "Scents of Eden" to be a comprehensive scholarly readable examination of trade and commerce in Southeast Asia's spice islands. The Moluccas are a legendary archipelago or series ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jerry Kelly - Goodreads

This is a terrific story-narrative of early 16th-century Euro spice trade in the tiny islands of Indonesia. Charles Corn is worth checking out. Read full review

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CHARLES CORN is a native Georgian, Graduated from Washington and Lee University, and took a graduate degree in English from George Washington University. A former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, he has worked as an editor at several New York and Boston publishing houses, including Dutton, where he served as editor in chief. The author of DISTANT ISLANDS, which Anne Lamott hailed as "beautiful, innocent, fascinating, and wonderfully written," and which Martin Cruz Smith called "a book to inspire your dreaming," Corn now devotes himself full time to writing. His work has appeared in the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, and ISLANDS magazine, to name a few. He lives in San Francisco and is a frequent and recognized visitor to the Spice Islands.

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