Pigeons - the Fascinating Saga of the World's most revered and Reviled Bird Hardcover – 2006
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No other bird has had such close links with man nor been useful to him in so many ways whether as sacrifice,symbol,source of food and not least as messenger which links with the sport of Pigeon racing.The book encompasses
all these facets and describes encounters with many eccentric characters,brilliantly portrayed,both in the States and Europe whose lives are linked with the bird.Many of them display a deep affection for the birds;in some it is evoked by their racing birds in others it is fostered by the need to protect the city birds.These feelings are in stark contrast to the author's account of a Live Pigeon shoot also another visit to a Plant which breeds the birds for eartig.
This is a wonderful book,evocatively written,which fills a gap in the literature.It should be widely read and might go a long way to converting those who regard the pigeons as 'flying rats'.
Dr.Jean Hansell.Author of 'The Pigeon in History' and'Images of the Dove'
Look, I may be only thirteen years of age, and I may be bad with words, but I believe a good book is a good book. It's a long story leading to my love of pigeons, and I don't think you would particularly want to hear my tale, but unlike Mr Blechman here, I have always been intrigued by pigeons. (Mr Blechman wasn't fascinated with them at the start). I've often asked myself when I was younger, why do people detest pigeons? What are so dislikable about them? I know that pigeons have been with man-kind for a LONG period of time and they've been recorded on clay tablets in the Mespotamian times and all, but until now, I still cannot think of why they are treated like vermin. Reading Blechman's amazing book has answered most of my questions and I congratulate him for going to all those lengths to try and find out more information about pigeons. Of course, I was a bit queasy about the squab factory and him participating in pigeon shooting, and the recipie made me shiver, but I am still shocked by his determination and will. I hope to be an author of a book of pigeons one day.
If I do take pigeons into my career one day like Dr Pigeon, I would try and find out the secrets of the pigeon such as how they find their way home and the drilled in stereotypes humans have of them.Read more ›
On the so-called "hater side", Blechman visits Pennsylvania in order to learn about Pigeon shooting. Pigeon shooting involves placing pigeons inside crates that are then randomly opened before the shooter. Lest you think that this activity is akin to shooting fish in a barrel, think again. Pigeons are very good flyers and it is rare for even the best shooters to achieve perfect scores.
Readers will be impressed with Blechman's review of the pigeon through history. He notes that the pigeon was the "dove" Noah used to determine if the land was dry enough to leave the ark. Pigeons, particularly those with exceptional homing and flying skills (beyond what the average pigeon has), were used to carry messages in various wars and even used by the Intelligence agencies to transport secrets.
Regrettably, the work is a bit thin on the life history of pigeons and the negative impacts they create.Read more ›