The orchid thief: a true story of beauty and obsession

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The Orchid Thief is the true story of John Laroche, an obsessed Florida plant dealer willing to go to any lengths to steal rare and protected wild orchids and clone them, all for a tidy profit. But the morality of Laroche's actions do not drive the narrative of Orlean's strange, compelling, and hilarious book. She is much more interested in the spectacle this unusual man creates through his actions, including one of the oddest legal controversies in recent memory, which brought together environmentalists, Native American activists, and devoted orchid collectors. She follows Laroche deep into Florida's swamps, tapping into not only the psyche of the deeply opinionated Laroche but also the wider subculture of orchid collectors, including aristocrats, fanatics, and smugglers whose obsession with plants is all-consuming. Orlean portrays the weirdness of it all in wonderful detail, but, ultimately, the book is primarily about passion itself and the amazing lengths to which people will go to gratify it.
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auth_author2 Fields, Anna, 1965-2006.
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display_description The author follows the story-line of John Laroche, an orchid thief, through the swamps of south Florida. His plans for cloning rare orchids and selling them to collectors have brought him to the attention of the Federal Government, environmentalists, Native Americans, and "devoted orchid collectors."
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Laroche, John, Nursery growers -- Florida -- Hollywood -- Biography, Orlean, Susan, Plant collectors -- Florida -- Hollywood -- Biography, Polyradicion lindenii -- Florida -- Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve -- Anecdotes
title_display The orchid thief
title_full The Orchid Thief A True Story of Beauty and Obsession, The orchid thief / Susan Orlean, The orchid thief : a true story of beauty and obsession [electronic resource] / Susan Orlean, The orchid thief [sound recording] : a true story of beauty and obsession / Susan Orlean
title_short The orchid thief
title_sub a true story of beauty and obsession
topic_facet Anecdotes, Audiobooks, Biography, Biography & Autobiography, Laroche, John, Nature, Nonfiction, Nursery growers, Orlean, Susan, Plant collectors, Polyradicion lindenii, Travel