Free Read [Science Book] ë Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird - by Andrew D. Blechman ✓
Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM By Andrew D. Blechman

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 thePigeons 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.
  • Title: Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird
  • Author: Andrew D. Blechman
  • ISBN: 9780802143280
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Paperback

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Jennifer Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
How do I love this book? Let me count the ways. It is 1) refreshingly unexpected, 2) utterly interesting, and 3) appealing to the sentimental/romantic/cries-over-animal stories facet of me. When I lived in London I always viewed the pigeons of Trafalgar Square with total indifference. Following this book, I will never look at a "rock dove" the same way again. I actually became aware of this book following an interview with the author that i heard on NPR. The interview was so incredible, that I a [...]
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Stephanie Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
K, like, I've taken my time with writing this review because this book was TOO MUCH, MAN. Since reading it, I can't shut up about pigeons; when I walk by a cluster of them bobbing their little heads as they peck at gutter garbage I pause and give them a tiny, adoring smile. LIKE WHO AM I, EVEN?My friend, Jill, found this book at what turned out to be the best used book/CD store in Toronto. Just that morning I had been talking about how weird slash cute pigeons look when they bob their little hea [...]
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Dru Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
I'm wary of nonfiction studies that are written in the first person. It's like, uh, I want to read a book about pigeons, not some douchebag's memoir. But Blechman's narration doesn't get as "wow, what wacky pigeon-related event will I, Andrew Blechman, go visit next?!" as I was worried it would. In fact, by the end of the book--particularly with the sections on the New York City top secret pigeon monitors, Mike Tyson, and the squab-killing factory--I was totally absorbed. They is indeed a lot mo [...]
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D.A. Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
Maybe you're not the kind of person who thinks much about whether a pigeon should eat spanish peanuts or corn, and how that might effect the bird's overall travel time. You might even be sort of neutral on the whole idea of animal control specifically as involves pigeons, because, after all, pigeons are feral; they are not protected the way other "wild" species of birds are. Ultimately you might find little that humanizes the pigeons in ways that invite sympathy on your behalf. That's fine. Set [...]
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Rye Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
This book had potential. Pigeons and the people who love them. Sold I'm all yours, Andrew Blechman. What a disappointment. The information was at times interesting, but there was no sense of connection to the people in the book. Also, Blechman at one point writes that he was looking for Mike Tyson at a "titty bar," at another point that he has to "take a piss," and he actually describes a pigeon butchering scene by saying that the woman slices the pigeon's "bunghole." Seriously? Titty bar? Bungh [...]
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Kristen Bongard Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
This was a fantastic read. I first heard about it on Science Friday on NPR. I've always thought that pigeons really got a bad rap, but didn't really know much about them beyond that. This book tells the story of the pigeon by telling the story of, well, pigeons. Many pigeons. The author takes you through glimpses of the lives of pigeon fanciers, racers, hunters, slaughterers, rescuers and advocates, interspersing it all with stories of how pigeons' storied past, and some fascinating things we're [...]
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stephanie Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
i feel SO GUILTY for chasing pigeons with the boys now. seriously. a) i didn't know that it is STILL LEGAL TO SHOOT LIVE PIGEONS IN PA. the description of it just makes me sick - it's not like hunting, they are used for target practice. ugh. b) i am a happy carnivore, but dude, i will never eat squab. (this is not totally stupid, as i don't eat veal either.) but seriously. ugh. c) these poor pigeons! did you know that passenger pigeons are extinct? and they know exactly the moment when that happ [...]
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Courtney Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
Apparently pigeons are only good for hunting, breeding and racing. I was disappointed in the content of the book and some parts of it were really disturbing. Especially the parts about pigeon shooting clubs, some people truly are horrible.
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Catherine Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
I don't read that much nonfiction, but this is a lovely and whimsical book written by a very talented journalist and storyteller. It is full of interesting human profiles concerning pigeon love or pigeon dislike, as the case may be. Pigeons are also much more interesting than I would have thought. They delivered messages in every war -- when the U.S. knocked out Saddam Hussein's communications system, he used pigeons to send word to others. Shot-up pigeons have persevered in delivering messages [...]
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Deanna Necula Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
I love pigeons, and I even keep a couple of homing pigeons in a loft I made myself in my backyard, so when I saw this book at the bookstore I just had to have it. This book really enlightens people about pigeons, written in an easygoing, readable style and packed with facts, "wow" moments as well as moments where I had to set the book down because of the gory truth of some of the daily uses of pigeons, and quirky people. A really wonderful read, and I'm glad that this book is out, because otherw [...]
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Lara Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
Not really what I was expecting, I guess--the title and picture on the cover lead me to believe it would be about pigeons, but I felt like it was MUCH more about the people who are involved with them in some way. At times this focus was interesting, but it got really old towards the end of the book--especially, as others have mentioned, the Mike Tyson chapter, which was really pretty worthless. Others have also stated that Blechman seems to be in the pigeon reviler camp himself, and I would tend [...]
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Joan Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
Pigeons! My review will be really biased because I am a pigeon lover already, and quite frankly, I'm not sure who else would pick up this book. This book touched on so many aspects of the love/hate relationship with pigeons, even going to the slaughterhouses that prepare squabs and the hunting clubs that use them as live targets, to obsessed pigeon racers and fancy breeders and royalty. I almost wish there was more on their role in wars, though they did briefly touch on that near the end. The ch [...]
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Pirate Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
I'd give this book 3.5 stars. I liked it and found it an interesting read. It ended up being half about pigeons and half about the people that love (or hate) them. I did come away with a new respect for pigeons. And extra revulsion for the people that hate them.
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Naida Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
A very informative and well written book about one of America's most reviled birds. Will change how you look at them when they congregate in parks and fly by. Plus who knew there so many different types?
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Sidra Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
This was a light, enjoyable read but I left a bit disappointed for several reasons. First, my expectation was that this book was more about the birds themselves, which are fascinating animals, and less about the people who race, shoot, or hoard them. I would have enjoyed this far more if the book was about the birds with these stories about the people peppered in rather than the reverse. I had trouble forgiving the author for something that happened in the first half of the book:Spoiler alert!Wh [...]
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Erika Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
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 pigeons, and the parts that actually deal with pigeons were really interesting. I had no idea the part they played in so much of history and culture. What I found less interesting was the odd assortment of characters the author spent so much time focusing on, and the racing. I got really tired of the [...]
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Anna Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
I love pigeons, so I was excited to discover this book. Alas, the author chooses to focus more on the human communities who spring up around pigeons than the birds themselves. There is plenty of fascinating research on pigeons which would interest me a lot more than pigeon shooting culture, or the entirely anticlimactic chapter about Mike Tyson. The first chapter about the history of pigeons and humans was great, but after that if you actually want to learn about pigeons you'll have to look else [...]
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Adi Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
Well, this was a lot like Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird--perfectly serviceable and entertaining, if nothing special. It has an edge in that it's about history and culture rather than science, which I feel gives it more leeway as to organization and prose; and in that the supporting characters are fun.
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Ronna Worth Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
Interesting and engaging even if you are not obsessed with pigeons. A quick read.
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Constance Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
Poorly written, poorly edited. Contains no bibliography or citations of any kind, leaving all claims other than direct quotes from interviews in doubt. This man is an award-winning journalist?
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Jim Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
The last few days of oh-ate was an excellent time to finish booksabout pigeons. I picked this one up again after I'd started it a couple of months ago. I finished in a flash. I can see a future in which I am covered in pigeon poop and the love of the birds I will raise. Every chapter in this story could be a book on it's own. I found it that interesting. It talks about eating pigeons, raising and racing them and killing them many different ways. You'll read about famous fanciers, the Queen of En [...]
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Michael Lewyn Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
This book is less about pigeons than about the human/pigeon relationship- much of the book is devoted to pigeon fanciers of various sorts, as well as to pigeon killer of various sorts. Nevertheless, I learned a lot: for example, that pigeons can fly over 100 mph, and that they saved thousands of lives during the World Wars when they were used by soldiers to carry messages.Blechman also explains the widespread hostility to urban pigeons; claims that pigeons were disease-spreading "rats with wings [...]
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Renato Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
Numa altura em que falar do ambiente e da ecologia está tão na moda, acho estranho que ninguém tenha explorado devidamente um dos mais claros exemplos da irresponsabilidade do Homem perante a Natureza. Os pombos são, provavelmente a seguir ao cavalo e ao cão, o animal mais importante da história da Humanidade. Foram usados com fins meramente práticos durante milhares de anos como eficiente (o mais eficiente, aliás) de todos os sistemas de comunicação; mas, hoje em dia, poucos os conhec [...]
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Eric Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
Dear Howard the Pigeon,I am writing this review for you. As you will be coming home soon as a pet, I want you to know that I have been reading up and down about the fascinating history of pigeon worship and denigration. I particularly enjoyed reading about the adventures of homing pigeons in times of war and getting urgent messages delivered just in time to save men from being bombed, killed, etc. The pigeons incredible ability to home your way home by following the earth's magnetism is truly on [...]
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Chris Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
I read this like many would gawk at a car wreck. I can't stand the brain pain while reading it, but I have to see what tragedy occurs next.My gripes are mainly focused on 3 areas:1. How many F-bombs and other crude words does take to write about pigeons? None. Blechy thinks curse words are necessary on this subject. This isn't a book about sex. It's not a humorous diagram of the sewer system. This is a book trying to relate (and failing) that pigeons are a wonderful animal, just the type of book [...]
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Jeannette Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
I have a serious hate-on for pigeons. When two of them decided that our balcony would make a perfect home, I tried shooing them but it was pointless as they'd only fly back when I wasn't waving my arms frantically yelling cuss words at them. The only thing that worked was using a super-soaker (thank you Craigslist). It saved my balcony. So I wasn't too keen about reading a book about pigeons, however, through reading I did find out some pretty interesting pigeon facts, including how they are a v [...]
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Nathan Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
The obvious appeal of this book is its quirkiness. Both the ubiquity of pigeons and the obscurity of the people who love them makes the birds easy to ignore, until one spatters you from above. Blechman here tries to take a more involved and nuanced look, and that is a valuable purpose in itself. And Blechman does his work: tracking down Mike Tyson, trekking to pigeon shoots, hanging around breeding conventions; his footwork is a high point of his book.I don't think he made the best use of it, th [...]
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Ryan Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
you know how people find pigeons totally annoying, like there's just something wrong with those rats-with-wings? well, as it turns out, the pigeon itself is really impressive and interesting, as well sweet-tempered and a model symbol for all sorts of the most desirable human character traits. as it turns out, get this: it's really humaniy's fucked up handling of its relationship with pigeons that creates all the problems! unheard of, right?!pigeons are war heroes, world-class athletes, and they' [...]
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Phayvanh Nov 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM
What a very easy book to read, thank goodness. I learned a lot about this small bird, of which I knew very little upon cracking open this book. It's not entirely thorough, as a book could be written about many aspects of the entire history of the bird, as the author lays it out, but this is a pretty good overview.I especially enjoyed the narrative about the pigeon breeders and the sort of underground circuit of shows throughout the US. There should have been photos to accompany this part of the [...]
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Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird By Andrew D. Blechman 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 thePigeons 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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