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Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation Hardcover – March 11, 2005
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Bees were transported, with great difficulty and much bee mortality, to the earliest of American colonies.Read more ›
Why are people as diverse as rocker Tom Petty, disco diva Gloria Gaynor, and actor Peter Fonda included in a book about bees ? Not only did I learn why, but I liked the way the author took us on a journey thru bee-land.
Though the text is a bit academic, I picked up this book and couldn't put it down. I read it in about 3 days. The numerous ways that the honey bee and beekeeping has woven themselves into our history and culture is fascinating. Ms. Horn has done some tremendous research on the subject.
Given my personal experience as a beekeeper, I was very interested in reading this book. Many reviewers state that Horn's book is a tour de force among publications concerning honey bees. There is no doubt that the book is well written, overall, but it seems to be excessively concerned about the relationship between honey bees and social constructs (e.g., women's movement, racial divides) rather than any other sort of history associated with honey bees (e.g., industrial/market history, scientific understanding, natural history).
Hence, I found that the scope of the book clearly focused on social history, much of which I interpreted as being coincidental rather than cause-and-effect. For instance, Horn's seems rather at awe in her numerous discussions regarding the involvement of women in beekeeping; namely, who would have ever thought that women would be keep honey bees?! Put into proper context, however, women have always been involved in agricultural occupations, chores, pursuits, etc.Read more ›
I haven't been playing with bees long, so I don't know how many books along these lines are out there. Not many, I think. So I give Horn credit for her originality. Its an ambitious undertaking, but the execution is not as good as it could have been.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the most informative books you will read. Who knew all that about the honey bee anyway. If you read the book, that is great. If you do the audible version, even better. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Teresa J.
Very detailed history of the honey bee here in North America and Europe. It was a lot of information on the honey bee as well as on people and events that surrounded the honey bee. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Timothy W. Flowers
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is not technical but very readable and entertaining. It filled in a number of blanks concerning bees and bee history. Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by GLWolf
This book is wonderfully written. It is very interesting and informative. My son is a beekeeper and did a project for Cub Scouts on the HISTORY OF bees. It was very helpful to him. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by jody winland
I am a professional beekeeper, so I know a little about bees. "Bees In America" was informative and lively reading. A welcomed addition to all my bee books. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Abigail Keam
I am a fan of writers like H.W. Brands and David McCullough. I was hoping this book would be presented in a similar way (i.e. Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by lady lucas
Tammy Horn has taken a bold tack in her sweeping history of beekeeping in "Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation." It is a bold title, maybe a little too bold. Read morePublished on March 7, 2008 by James Denny
I've been keeping bees for 40 years and during that time have assimilated a lot of info from trade journals, academic texts, etc. I was pretty bored with the whole thing. Read morePublished on October 23, 2005 by J. F. Leeper