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The author of the book: Craig Pittman
Edition: University Press of Florida
Date of issue: April 5th 2012
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ISBN: 0813039746
ISBN 13: 9780813039749
Language: English
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Some people will do anything for beauty or fame

“FANTASTIC. If I did not know most of the main players I would have thought the author had a vivid and twisted imagination..”—Paul Martin Brown, author of Wild Orchids of Florida

“A fascinating true story of obsession, greed, and lust for the unobtainable. Reminds me a great deal of The Maltese Falcon. This rare flower is definitely the stuff that dreams are made of.”—Ace Atkins, author of Devil's Garden and Infamous

“Pittman has captured the extreme competition, unique characters, and general insanity that often typify the orchid world. The Scent of Scandal exemplifies how passion and profit can overrule common sense and the law.”—Scott Steward, former associate editor, North American Native Orchid Journal

Every year more than 100,000 people visit Sarasota’s Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, in large part to see its vast orchid collection, one of the most magnificent in the world. But the most famous orchid in Selby’s history—the one hailed as the most significant find in a century—isn't on display. It's the one that led to search warrants, a grand jury investigation, and headlines around the country.
         
Discovered in Peru in 2002, the Phragmipedium kovachii quickly became the most sought-after orchid in the world. Prices soared to $10,000 on the black market and otherwise rational people bent rules and broke laws in their obsessive quest to possess it.
         
Award-winning journalist Craig Pittman covered this fascinating story, as it happened, for the St. Petersburg Times, Florida’s largest newspaper. In this enthralling account, he unravels the tangled web of smugglers, scientists, and federal investigators to reveal who the real criminals were in this sordid affair. He also shines a spotlight on flaws in the international treaties governing trade in endangered wildlife—treaties that often protect individual plants and animals in shipping but do little to halt the destruction of whole colonies in the wild.
         
With candid interviews from nearly everyone involved in the case, The Scent of Scandal unspools like a riveting mystery novel, stranger than anything in Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief or the film Adaptation. Pittman shows how some people can become so obsessed—with beauty, with profit, with fame, with the desire to own a rare flower—that even the possibility of going to prison will not deter their risking everything.


Craig Pittman writes about environmental issues for the St. Petersburg Times. He is the coauthor of Paving Paradise: Florida’s Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss and author of Manatee Insanity: Inside the War over Florida’s Most Famous Endangered Species.

 



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Ebook The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid read Online! Craig Pittman is the author of "Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country," a timely and hilarious look at how the Sunshine State became the Punch Line State, and yet still manages to secretly influence people all across the country. He's also written "The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid," (2012) which delves into the wild world of orchid-smuggling; "Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida's Most Famous Endangered Species" (2010) and, with Mathew Waite, "Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss" (2009). He is a native Floridian and graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him "the most destructive force on campus." Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. Since 1998 he has reported on environmental issues for Florida's largest newspaper, the St. Petersburg Times, now known as the Tampa Bay Times, winning numerous state and national awards. He lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., with his wife and two children.


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One of my favorite

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Pozitivnenko, but naпve to the ugly.

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Best among ordinary




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