The Drunken Botanist The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

Every great drink starts with a plant. Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley. Gin was born from a conifer shrub when medieval physicians boiled juniper...

The Earth Moved On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

They destroy plant diseases. They break down toxins. They plough the earth. They transform forests. They’ve survived two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the...

Wicked Plants The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly.A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that...

Wicked Bugs The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects

In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes-creatures...