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

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2007 - Pigeons - 239 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - Kellswitch - LibraryThing

Overall an interesting and accessible look at pigeons, and the culture and people around them that did better when it focused on the birds and less on the people. In the end, I did learn a lot about ... Read full review

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User Review  - glade1 - LibraryThing

This really is a "fascinating" book. It looks at many aspects of the relationship of humans with pigeons, including a historical perspective (especially interesting is their use for communication in ... Read full review

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