Book Review: The Hidden Half of Nature

David Montgomery and Ann Bikle peer into the scientific community's current understanding of the microbial world and its interactions with plants, insects, animals, and people. The writers, a husband and wife team, also bring a personal angle to their motivation for digging into the fast-emerging field of microbial medicine.  The takeaway for me is that our day-to-day perception of ourselves as independent life units is just that--a perception, and an illusory one. We are part of a much bigger, more sophisticated life mechanism. 

The writers (mostly) succeed in presenting this complex topic in a way that I, a non-scientist, can follow. My only reservation about the book, in fact, comes with the "mostly" note. The writing sometimes lapses into vocabulary and concepts that seem right for a more specialized audience. But please don't let that stand between you and a very informative book about a topic that is sure to become more and more visible in our medical, horticultural, agricultural, and other conversations. 

The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

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