[bksvol-discuss] Book Submitted: Pigeons

  • From: "Shelley L. Rhodes" <juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2007 20:32:47 -0500

An unusual book, one I heard about on an On Point episode, when I was here 
in the office, and hunted it down.  Actually quite fascinating, reckion 
smile.  Anyway, didn't know that much about pigeons, quite cool book.  Easy 
validation too.  Has been read through completely and edited, page headers 
removed page numbers kept and a row of **** across the top of the Chapter 
pages. 256 pages.

Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird
 by Andrew D. Blechman

From the Book Jacket:

They have been worshipped as fertility goddesses and revered as symbols of 
peace. Domesticated since the dawn of man, 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 119 B.C. and another brought 
the news of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo more than 2,500 years later. 
Charles Darwin relied heavily upon them to help formulate and support his 
theory of evolution. Yet the pigeon is reviled today as a rat with wings. 
How did we come to misunderstand one of mankind'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. From Brooklyn's Main Event, the pigeon world's equivalent 
of the Kentucky Derby, to the eighty-third Grand National, with its 
thousands of bizarre and beautiful show pigeons, and from a pigeon shoot 
where people pay to gun down live birds, to the nation's oldest and biggest 
squab farm, Blechman takes the reader deep into the weird and wonderful 
world of pigeon fanaticism. He meets with pigeon fanciers and pigeon haters 
alike, includingthe Queen of England's Royal Loft Manager and members of the 
radical "pro-pigeon underground"; chases Mike Tyson, America's most famous 
pigeon lover; and for the first time tells the remarkable story behind this 
seemingly unremarkable bird. You'll never look at a pigeon the same way 


ANDREW D. BLECHMAN is an award- winning journalist who has worked for the 
Los Angeles Times and the Des Moines Register. His writing has appeared in 
numerous publications, including Smithsonian magazine and The New York 
Times. He currently divides his time between Berkshire County, 
Massachusetts, and Germany.

Shelley L. Rhodes M.A., VRT, CTVI
and Guinevere, Golden lady Guide
Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc.
Graduate Alumni Association Board

More than Any other time, When i hold a beloved book in my hand, my 
limitations fall from me, my spirit is free.
- Helen Keller

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