Pigeons: The Fascinating Story of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird

Pigeons: The Fascinating Story of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird

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They have been worshipped as fertility goddesses and revered as symbols of peace. Domesticated since the dawn of humankind, they have been crucial to wartime communications for every major historical superpower from ancient Egypt to the United States and are credited with saving thousands of lives. One delivered the results of the first Olympics in 776 BC and another brought the news of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo more than 2500 years later. Charles Darwin relied heavily upon them to help formulate and support his theory of evolution. Yet today the pigeon is reviled as a rat with wings. How did we come to misunderstand one of humanity's most steadfast companions?In Pigeons, Andrew D. Blechman travels across the United States and Europe in a quest to chronicle the bird's transformation from beloved friend to feathered outlaw.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 20mm | 330g
  • University of Queensland Press
  • St Lucia, Australia
  • 0702236411
  • 9780702236419

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