'Setting the record straight, Lawler's latest tome recasts the chicken as a feathered Swiss Army knife - a bird that has fueled cultural, economic and scientific growth for several thousand years.' The Guardian 'Lawler's book goes a long way toward restoring chickens to their respected position within human history and our modern world. Both chickens and people will benefit as a result.' Science Magazine 'Rip-roaring, erudite... His perspective gives fresh insight into the problems created by the ubiquity of chickens -- as well as possible solutions.' Nature 'Comprehensive... an epic journey. A splendid book full of obsessive travel and research in history, mythology, archaeology, biology, literature and religion.' Kirkus, Starred Review 'The planet's most populous and edible bird really does open a window on civilization, evolution, capitalism, and ethics. (Reading about it is lots of fun, too.)' New York Magazine 'An encyclopaedic examination of the chicken's ever-growing and complex role in societies and civilization... Readers are sure to come away with a deeper understanding of--and greater appreciation for--an animal that's considered commonplace.' Publishers Weekly '[An] absorbing survey of one of our most important cross-species relationships... witty, conversational.' Booklist, Starred Review 'How this humble bird saved humanity -- No bird is a match for the chicken... Lawler chronicles how a wild bird from Southeast Asia ended up being mass-produced by the billions and raised in every country, he writes, except one.' Daily Beast 'In exacting historical and scientific detail, Lawler reveals how the reliable crow of the cock, along with his mate's prodigious egg-laying abilities, allowed chickens to become 'the world's most ubiquitous bird.' MacLean'sVom Verlag:
Combines the range of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel with the focus and fascinating detail of John Bradshaw's In Defence of Dogs. Queen Victoria was obsessed with it. Socrates' last words were about it. Charles Darwin and Louis Pasteur made their scientific breakthroughs using it. Hailed as a messenger of the gods, powerful sex symbol, gambling aid, all-purpose medicine and handy research tool, the humble chicken has been also cast as the epitome of evil, and the star of the world's most famous joke. Beginning with the recent discovery, that the chicken's unlikely ancestor is the T. Rex, How the Chicken Crossed the World tracks the chicken from its original domestication in the jungles of Southeast Asia some 10,000 years ago to today's Western societies, where it became the most engineered of animals, to the uncertain future of what is now humanity's single most important source of protein. In a masterful combination of historical sleuthing and journalistic exploration on four continents, Lawler reframes the way we feel and think about all domesticated animals and even nature itself.
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Buchbeschreibung Duckworth Bloomsbury Trade Mai 2016, 2016. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 198x129x26 mm. Neuware - A social history of the chicken, and mankind's relationship with this remarkable bird. Blends history and natural history with sociology, and traces the chicken's journey from domestication some 10,000 years ago to the present day. 336 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780715650691