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Science  05 Aug 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5736, pp. 881-882
DOI: 10.1126/science.1115941

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Robbing the Bees. A Biography of Honey: The Sweet Liquid Gold That Seduced the World. By Holley Bishop. Free Press, New York, 2005. 334 pp. $24, C$35. ISBN 0-7432-5021-4.

Letters from the Hive. An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind. By Stephen Buchmann with Banning Repplier. Bantam, New York, 2005. 288 pp. $24. ISBN 0-553- 80375-1.

The Hive. The Story of the Honeybee and Us. By Bee Wilson. John Murray, London, 2004. 320 pp. £14.99. ISBN 0-7195-6409-3.

An enthusiastic writer who has recently come to beekeeping; a researcher who has long worked on bees, flowers, and their ecosystems; and a historian of ideas (and food writer) offer their diverse perspectives on bees, honey, and humans.