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Falcon (Reaktion Books - Animal)by Helen Macdonald
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A sacred god, a military tool, an erotic symbol: the falcon is a natural wonder of speed, power, beauty, and ferocity that has become embedded in human cultures in myriad ways. Helen Macdonald's Falcon examines the diverse symbolism and roles attached to the falcon throughout the centuries.
Macdonald presents a cultural and natural history of the falcon that spans the globe and several millennia. Her wide-ranging survey considers the many facets of the falcon, including conservation efforts; the sport of falconry; and the use of falcons in secret military projects by the Third Reich and the U.S.and#160;space program. Falcon also explores the rich imagery of the falcon over history, including the veneration of falcons as gods in ancient Egypt, their role in erotic stories, and even the use of falcons in advertising to promote photocopiers and jet planes.
Filled with illustrations and a wealth of fascinating facts, Falcon will be an enjoyable guide for ornithologists, amateur birdwatchers, and nature lovers alike.
About the Author
Helen Macdonald is a research fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge. She has kept falcons since she was eleven years old and has worked in falcon conservation biology in Britain and the United Arab Emirates.
Table of Contents
1. Natural History
2. Mythical Falcons
3. Trained Falcons
4. Threatened Falcons
5. Military Falcons
6. Urban Falcons
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"While presenting the falcon as a creature superbly adapted to its environment, Macdonald's scientific but lyrical study also celebrates its mythical, cultural and iconic significance."--The Times (UK)
(Martin Levin, Globe and Mail, May 4 2006 )
"A lively and lovely series. . . . This delightful series gives us animals as both alien and familiar. . . . An exhilarating, often astonishing and sometimes moving series of monographs."--Globe and Mail
"Marvellous book . . . sheer joy."--The Spectator
"Does not ignore natural history and falconry [and] also ranges over many other topics."--International Zoo News
"This beautifully designed book offers a natural history of this fastest of all the animals as well as the story of how these birds' lives have long intertwined with those of humans."--Washington Post
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