I love this book! It’s interesting and accessible. This is one of those books that would work with both adults and youth. A few google searches told me that Shultes is considered the father of ethnobotany. His most well known book is Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers co authored with Albert Hofmann, also known the father of LSD.
Whenever one of these interesting books shows up,I feel obligated to reiterate that the “awful” moniker is relative and hardly a judgement of the book’s content. Naturally, this book is important and for most libraries this is a keeper. Smaller libraries and or libraries with a limited scope, might want to consider this a weeding candidate.