Pigeons Pdf Book

Pigeons

  • Author : Andrew D. Blechman
  • ISBN : 1555846009
  • Category : Nature
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Pages : 256
  • Release Date : 2007-12-01

A “quirky, endlessly entertaining” look at the surprising history of the pigeon (Simon Winchester). Domesticated since the dawn of man, pigeons have 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. They have been worshipped as fertility goddesses and revered as symbols of peace. Charles Darwin relied heavily on pigeons to help formulate and support his theory of evolution. Yet today they are reviled as “rats with wings.” To research this lively history of the humble pigeon, the author 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. The author 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, Andrew Blechman reveals for the first time the remarkable story behind this seemingly unremarkable bird. “A quick and thoroughly entertaining read, Pigeons will leave readers chuckling at the quirky characters and pondering surprising pigeon facts.” —Audubon Magazine “Manages to illuminate not merely the ostensible subject of the book, but also something of the endearing, repellent, heroic, and dastardly nature of that most bizarre of breeds, Homo sapiens.” —Salon

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Our frequent urban companion, cooing in the eaves of train stations or scavenging underfoot for breadcrumbs and discarded French fries, the pigeon has many detractors—and even some fans. Written out of love for and fascinat ... ...

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Pigeon Racing by Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod contains all the information that a budding fancier needs! Extract from the book: "There has probably been more written on feeding than on any other subject related to pigeons. This has ... ...

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"The Homing Pigeon" by United States. War Department, United States. Army. Signal Corps. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary f ... ...

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A hilarious short story about a woman who decides to buy New Zealand Stuck in the dry desert of Single Tree Gully, Australia, in 1840, Mrs C Wentworth dreams of a place deluged with rain. An island to own, and rain. The pigeo ... ...

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A mesmerizing novel of two love stories, separated by half a century but connected by one enchanting act of devotion—from the internationally acclaimed Israeli writer Meir Shalev. During the 1948 War of Independence—a tim ... ...

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"Pigeon Post" by Arthur Ransome. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovere ... ...

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Racing pigeons are also called homing pigeons because they can return home from almost anywhere. Find out what it’s like to race these pigeons, and how much care and training they need from you. Discover how long these colo ... ...

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This vintage volume contains a comprehensive guide to thoroughbred racing pigeons, with information on their natural history, breeding, selection, types, and more. Containing a wealth of interesting and practical information, ... ...

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A detailed handbook and guide. The illustrated contents include The Dawn of Pigeon Racing - Art of Breeding - The Practical Selection of Breeders - Breeding a Champion - Colour Breeding - Breeding Grizzlies - Practical Breedi ... ...

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WINNER of the Greenhouse Funny Prize; SHORTLISTED for the Sainsbury's Book Award and numerous regional awards, this hilarious series is adored by its readers! If you can read this, you obviously understand Pigeonese. You may ... ...

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"Pigeon English is a triumph." -- Emma Donoghue, author of Room Shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize and the 2011 Guardian First Book Award Eleven-year-old Harrison Opoku is the second best runner in the whole of Year 7. ... ...

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Part field guide, part history, part ornithology primer, and altogether fun. Fact: Pigeons are amazing, and until recently, humans adored them. We’ve kept them as pets, held pigeon beauty contests, raced them, used them to ... ...

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Marius Kociejowski follows up his now classic The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool with The Pigeon Wars of Damascus. A metaphysical journalist in search of echoes rather than analogies, hints as opposed to verities, Kocie ... ...

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This early work on Pigeon Racing is an engrossing read for any pigeon racer of historian of the sport, but also contains a wealth of information and anecdote that is still pertinent and practical today. Recommended for inclus ... ...

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This text contains a detailed treatise on the correct methods for the management and maintenance of domestic and fancy pigeons, including a wealth of information on such topics as diet, health and ailments, training, breeding ... ...

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When this classic collection of stories first appeared—in 1962, on the author’s thirtieth birthday—Arthur Mizener wrote in The New York Times Book Review: “Updike is a romantic [and] like all American romantics, that ... ...

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The Tenth Pigeon is an adult psychological crime story. The pigeons in this novel are not our feathered friends who leave their white deposits everywhere. The pigeons in this novel are human beings marked for exploitation. So ... ...

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What happens when an unlikely threesome is thrown together by circumstance? Fate intervenes and three lives are changed forever. Danny Simon, a 13 year old Jewish refugee, lost his entire family in Poland to the Holocaust. No ... ...

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This authoritative book is aimed particularly at those who participate in racing pigeons at distances of over five hundred miles but will be of value to all pigeon fanciers. John Clements succeeds in making the reader view th ... ...

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A helpful guide for caring for pigeons, including how to keep a successful dovecote and aviary. Including chapters on the pigeon in history and literature. ... ...

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THE SECRET. EVERY MAN AND WOMAN DREAMED OF IT. Now it's within reach … and they'll do anything to possess it. The screen goddess. The contessa. The wily priest. The American public relations man looking for a cause. And his ... ...

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How migratory birds can navigate home from their wintering grounds to their breeding sites over hundreds and thousands of kilometres has been an admired mystery over more than a century. Profound advances towards a solution o ... ...

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Woodpecker Deterrent - Pigeon Deterrent: Stop Woodpeckers Destroying Your Siding & Pigeons Messing Your Residence Do you have problems with woodpeckers drilling holes in your siding? Do local pigeons make a real mess of your ... ...

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Continuing the tradition of parodying all things sacred, the author of The XXXX Files and PMT takes up the reigns of satire by rewriting the essential 1970s hippy handbook Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Instead of a seagull for ... ...

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WINNER of the Greenhouse Funny Prize; SHORTLISTED for the Sainsbury's Book Award and numerous regional awards, this hilarious series is adored by its readers! Our favourite pompous pigeon is BACK! And about to trade places wi ... ...

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Chester Cricket--the famous cricket in Times Square--is homesick. When his friend Mario takes him to a sky show at the Planetarium, Chester realizes how much he misses seeing real stars at night. Happily, he finds his way out ... ...

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“Twenty years ago, The Humor Project published Roger’s first book, Some Days You’re The Pigeon. Some Days You’re the Statue. By sharing his own true stories, Roger invites us in turn to be able to laugh at ourselves ... ...

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Gay-Neck: the Story of a Pigeon won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1928. It deals with the life of Gay-Neck, a prized Indian pigeon. Mukerji wrote that "the message implicit in the book ... ...

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"The Pigeon: A Fantasy in Three Acts" by John Galsworthy. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgo ... ...

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Do pigeons plus people have to equal problems? The erudite big-city pigeon Dr. Archibald Coo is tired of the way people treat him and his pigeon friends. They’re always being shooed and swatted, and they’re never admired ... ...

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"The Pigeon: A Fantasy in Three Acts" by John Galsworthy. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgo ... ...

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This debut cookbook from James Beard Rising Star Chef Gabriel Rucker features a serious yet playful collection of 150 recipes from his phenomenally popular Portland restaurant. In the five years since Gabriel Rucker took the ... ...

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The pigeon is the quintessential city bird. Domesticated thousands of years ago as a messenger and a source of food, its presence on our sidewalks is so common that people consider the bird a nuisance—if they notice it at a ... ...

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This antique text contains the first part of a four-part treatise on the keeping and management of pigeons. This part concentrates on subjects such as anatomy, physiology, kinds of pigeons, conformation, and the reproducers. ... ...

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A “quirky, endlessly entertaining” look at the surprising history of the pigeon (Simon Winchester). Domesticated since the dawn of man, pigeons have been used as crucial communicators in war by every major historical supe ... ...

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