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Brother Mendel's Perfect Horse: Man and Beast in an Age of Human Warfare

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Europe's twentieth-century history told through the incredible story of a horse: the Lipizzaner.

     In Brother Mendel's Perfect Horse he explores the history of these unique creatures, an extraordinary troop of pedigree horses first bred as personal mounts for the Emperor of Austria-Hungary. Following the bloodlines of the studbook, he reconstructs the story of four generations of imperial steeds as they survive the fall of the Habsburg Empire, two world wars and the insane breeding experiments conducted under Hitler, Stalin and Ceausescu.

     But what begins as a fairytale becomes a chronicle of the quest for racial purity. Carrying the reader across Europe, from imperial stables and stud farms to the controversial gene labs of today, Westerman asks, if animal breeders are so good at genetic engineering, why do attempts to perfect the human strain always end in tragedy?

     Brother Mendel's Perfect Horse, a unique and engrossing fusion of history and travel writing, is a modern fable in which the pure-blood horse ends up revealing man's own shortcomings.

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Europe's 20th-century history told through the incredible story of a horse: the Lipizzaner, in a sweeping story of falling empires, war, genetics, and purebred horses

"When you touch a Lipizzaner," Frank Westerman was told as a child, "you are touching history." Here he explores the history of these unique creatures, an extraordinary troop of pedigree horses first bred as personal mounts for the Emperor of Austria-Hungary. Following the bloodlines of the studbook, he reconstructs the story of four generations of imperial steeds as they survive the fall of the Habsburg Empire, two world wars, and the insane breeding experiments conducted under Hitler, Stalin, and Ceausescu. But what begins as a fairytale becomes a chronicle of the quest for racial purity. Carrying the reader across Europe, from imperial stables and stud farms to the controversial gene labs of today, this unique and engrossing fusion of history and travel writing is a modern fable in which the pure-blood horse ends up revealing man's own shortcomings.

About the Author

FRANK WESTERMAN was born in 1964 and lived and worked in Moscow from 1997 to 2002 as correspondent for the leading Dutch NRC Handelsblad newspaper. Westerman is the author of five highly praised books. His work has been published in more than ten languages and has won many prizes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780099512776
Author:
Westerman, Frank
Publisher:
Random House UK
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
PETS / Horses/General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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Travel » Travel Writing » General
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"Synopsis" by , Europe's 20th-century history told through the incredible story of a horse: the Lipizzaner, in a sweeping story of falling empires, war, genetics, and purebred horses

"When you touch a Lipizzaner," Frank Westerman was told as a child, "you are touching history." Here he explores the history of these unique creatures, an extraordinary troop of pedigree horses first bred as personal mounts for the Emperor of Austria-Hungary. Following the bloodlines of the studbook, he reconstructs the story of four generations of imperial steeds as they survive the fall of the Habsburg Empire, two world wars, and the insane breeding experiments conducted under Hitler, Stalin, and Ceausescu. But what begins as a fairytale becomes a chronicle of the quest for racial purity. Carrying the reader across Europe, from imperial stables and stud farms to the controversial gene labs of today, this unique and engrossing fusion of history and travel writing is a modern fable in which the pure-blood horse ends up revealing man's own shortcomings.

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