Like other books in this one-subject genre, "Cotton" enlightens the reader in every aspect of this fiber's history, economic impact and political intrigues. I enjoyed it very much. My only criticism is that, for me, it would have been a more interesting account if it had been written as a more linear timeline rather than looking at different aspects of cotton and skipping around the centuries. But, that's just my opinion. If you like books like this one, i.e., "Polio," "Salt," "Banana," etc., you'll enjoy reading "Cotton."