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Pigeons

The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird

Blechman, Andrew D.

(Paperback - 2006)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Pigeons
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Baker & Taylor
A study of pigeons and the people who both love and loathe them examines the natural history of this ubiquitous bird and explores the world of pigeon racing and breeding, and the radical "pro-pigeon underground" in New York City.

Perseus Publishing
Pigeons have been worshipped as fertility goddesses and revered as symbols of peace. Domesticated since the dawn of man, they’ve been used as crucial communicators in war by every major historical superpower from ancient Egypt to the United States and are credited with saving thousands of lives. Charles Darwin relied heavily on pigeons to help formulate and support his theory of evolution. Yet today they are reviled as ?rats with wings.” Author Andrew D. Blechman traveled across the United States and Europe to meet with pigeon fanciers and pigeon haters in a quest to find out how we came to misunderstand one of mankind’s most helpful and steadfast companions. Pigeons captures a Brooklyn man’s quest to win the Main Event (the pigeon world’s equivalent of the Kentucky Derby), as well as a convention dedicated to breeding the perfect bird. Blechman participates in a live pigeon shoot where entrants pay $150; he tracks down Mike Tyson, the nation’s most famous pigeon lover; he spends time with Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Pigeon Handler; and he sheds light on a radical ?pro-pigeon underground’ in New York City. In Pigeons, Blechman tells for the first time the remarkable story behind this seemingly unremarkable bird.


Baker
& Taylor

An intriguing study of pigeons and the people who both love and loathe them provides a close-up look at the natural history of this ubiquitous bird, journeying across the U.S. and Europe to explore the world of pigeon racing and breeding, the radical "pro-pigeon underground" in New York City, the breeders dedicated to developing the perfect bird, and more. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2006
Edition: 1st paperback ed
ISBN: 9780802143280
0802143288
Branch Call Number: 598.65 B
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 21 cm.

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