This small paperback chroncles the 40 years of pomegrante research done by Dr. Gregory Levin at a Soviet agricultural station in the Kopet Dag mountians, a botanical Eden just north of the Iranian/Turmentistan border.
Dr Levine presents a fascinating read--not dry "science" stuff at all--about his research from the 60's until the breakup of the USSR ( government funding dried up for the station, and forced the abandonment of his life's work.)
From the back cover page:
"For more than forty years, Dr. Levine trekked across Central Asia and the Trans-Caucaus in search of wild and endangered pomegrantes. His home was a remote Soviet agricultural station in the mountain range separating Turkmenistan from Iran. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, he found himslef exiled from his hidden Eden and his collection of 1,117 pomegrantes....this memior of his life with pomegranates illuminates the botany, history and myths, the astonishing range of tastes, and the health benefits--from folklore to pharmaceuticals--that make it the wonder fruit of our time.
A highly recommended Chowhound summer read. It (sadly) illustrates how the safekeeping of much of our botanical research is at the whim of politics and fate.