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In the Company of Crows and Ravensby John M. Marzluff and Tony Angell
Synopses & Reviews
"Crows and people share similar traits and social strategies. To a surprising extent, to know the crow is to know ourselves." — from the Preface
From the cave walls at Lascaux to the last painting by Van Gogh, from the works of Shakespeare to those of Mark Twain, there is clear evidence that crows and ravens influence human culture. Yet this influence is not unidirectional, say the authors of this fascinating book: people profoundly influence crow culture, ecology, and evolution as well.
John Marzluff and Tony Angell examine the often surprising ways that crows and humans interact. The authors contend that those interactions reflect a process of "cultural coevolution." They offer a challenging new view of the human-crow dynamic a view that may change our thinking not only about crows but also about ourselves. Featuring more than 100 original drawings, the book takes a close look at the influences people have had on the lives of crows throughout history and at the significant ways crows have altered human lives. In the Company of Crows and Ravens illuminates the entwined histories of crows and people and concludes with an intriguing discussion of the crow-human relationship and how our attitudes toward crows may affect our cultural trajectory.
"This is the most detailed account I know of concerning crows and their interaction with man. A very readable and thought-provoking book!" Noble S. Proctor, Ph.D., author of Manual of Ornithology and Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife
"Throughout human history, crows have been reviled and revered in equal measure. Now the corvids of folklore and fable are living up to their reputation for cleverness, trickery and ingenuity. Marzluff and Angell's wonderful book is a user's guide to the biology and culture of these fascinating animals and a testament to man's affinity with nature." Nathan Emery, University of Cambridge
"The text travels easily from science to folklore to literature, which, along with Angell's lively black-and-white illustrations, recommends this book highly." Booklist
"[A] serious book well suited for academic or large public collections. Brief and beautifully illustrated." Library Journal
"This fascinating book describes not only the role corvids have played in our folklore but more generally how corvids have influenced human culture and the impact of humans on corvids." Nicola Clayton, University of Cambridge
"Sleek, evocative illustrations — a mysterious light seems to come directly from the eyes and feathers of these birds....Learning how to slow down and observe animals around us is one simple way to form a stronger bond with nature." Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Gorgeous illustrations....Though Crows and Ravens is beautiful enough for coffee-table-book status, it advances an edgy, even spooky scientific idea: that throughout history, crows and humans have changed one another's culture." Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times
"A fascinating look at the corvid family, illustrated with Mr. Angell's delightful black-and-white drawings." Stuart Ferguson, Wall Street Journal
About the Author
John M. Marzluff is Denman Professor of Sustainable Resource Sciences and professor of wildlife science, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington.
Tony Angell is a freelance artist and writer in Lopez Island, Washington. Together the authors combine more than 60 years of scientific and artistic fascination with crows and their bird relatives.
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