Achieving fulfillment in one's work and being paid well to do it should be complimentary goals. Unfortunately,too many people attain one without the other. This book demonstrates that both objectives are not only feasible but highly have little to do with farming,but much to do with computer systems,gene splicing, financial systems,providing not just food but fuels,industrial chemicals,and a wide array of pharmaceutical medicines. The reader will discover the true world of horticulture and the stimulating careers that are found within it. This book,accomplishing two objectives simultaneously,can be used as a:1) textbook,providing historical accounts of American agriculture in general and horticulture in particular,2) career guide to assist in identifying and choosing satisfying and lucrative professions. The book's subject matter should be of interest to instructors at the senior high school and freshman college levels,to students seeking career guidance, and to everyone not satisfied with their current employment status. Consisting of three parts,the book first presents an overview of American agriculture,from its humble beginnings to the mighty industry it represents today. Part two covers vital components of horticulture,the academic disciplines that support it,and a comprehensive discussion of economics and international trade. Part three instructs the reader in a practical easy to follow approach,how to secure a career that will offer both personal and professional satisfaction for years to come.Deere, John is the author of 'Careers in Global Horticulture ', published 2002 under ISBN 9780866912532 and ISBN 0866912533.