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Eternity of Eagles: The Human History Of The Most Fascinating Bird In The World Hardcover – October 16, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762780223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762780228
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"His vivid description of an eagle, if it could imagine itself, is of a 'carnivorous Buddhist.' Through Bodio’s insights we get a strange glimpse of these other minds that share the earth with us.
—Annie Proulx, author of The Shipping News  and Brokeback Mountain
 
“There is so much brute wisdom, sophisticated science, blood magic, and flat out terrific prose in Stephen Bodio’s writing that he makes me think of Merlin, educating Arthur by turning him into other animals for a while. An Eternity of Eagles is worthy of its great subject, which is not only eagles but the earthbound mortals who marvel at them.”
—Jonathan Rosen, author of The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature
 
“Throughout the world we stand in awe of eagles and Bodio’s exciting chapters provide the information on why we feel so. Along with a general sampling of the different species of eagles, the writer provides a thread of thought throughout that ties them intimately to our cultural history. With a sensitive combination of art (Vadim Gorbatov’s full paintings depicting hunting eagles as never before are truly breathtaking) and the writer’s easy- going and evocative style (a jungle-hunting Harpy eagle will ‘pluck sloths like hairy fruit’) we are given a complete tour of the trajectory of these species in our lives. Read and enjoy this book and gain new knowledge that will vastly broaden your respect and understanding of these ascendant creatures.” 
—Tony Angell, artist, naturalist, and author

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From one of the foremost authors and naturalists in the country comes a compulsively readable natural and social history of the most fascinating bird in the world—the eagle—with an introduction by Annie Proulx. Author Stephen J. Bodio traces our love-hate relationship with these “living dinosaurs,” from Neolithic rock art and Native American religion through the practices of Kazakh falconers who use them to hunt wolves, all the way to contemporary art and popular culture. He examines the natural history, evolution, and habits of eagles, as well as such contemporary threats as habitat loss and pesticides.
An Eternity of Eagles is an abundantly illustrated celebration of all things eagle, by a naturalist who has kept eagles himself and ridden with the eagle tribes of Central Asia.

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Stephen Bodio was born in Boston in 1950. He studied Biology and English literature for years at both Universities of Massachusetts without ever quite managing to get his degree. He has lived in a remote rural village in New Mexico for over thirty years, and has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, and especially Asia.

He has published nine books, and has been editor and anthologist of more, as well as a frequent contributor to magazines. He has been on the masthead of publications as various as the scholarly English Literary Renaissance and the upscale outdoor magazine Gray's Sporting Journal, where he wrote a book column for eleven years. He has reviewed everything from novels to natural history for many papers, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the (London) Times Literary Supplement. His articles, essays, and stories have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, and the LA Times Magazine, and in literary quarterlies. He is now a contributing editor and book columnist for the magazine Living Bird.

He was recruited by Annie Proulx to be the first resident faculty member at Sterling College's Wildbranch Writers Workshop in Vermont, where he taught for nine years. His 2003 book Eagle Dreams, was about his adventures with the Kazakh horsemen of Mongolia. An excerpt, published in the Atlantic, was included in Frances Mayes' anthology Best American Travel Writing.

He has a lifelong interest in birds, their behavior, and their relations with humans, as reflected in his books on falcons and pigeons. He has hunted with falcons for almost fifty years, kept rare pigeon breeds, and has bred and trained saluki dogs and their Asian relatives for thirty. He recently assisted retired Russian scientist and dog expert Vladimir Beregovoy with his translation of a 19th Century Siberian hunter's memoir. He has also contributed text and introductions to works about and by wildlife artists, including Thomas Quinn, Vadim Gorbatov, and Thomas Aquinas Daly.

Bodio's "book of books", A Sportsman's Library, subtitled "100 Essential, Engaging, Offbeat, and Occasionally Odd Fishing and Hunting Books For the Adventurous Reader", is out now. It contains a chapter on a falconry manual by a Medieval emperor and one on a trout fishing comic book, as well as pieces on Karen Blixen, Hemingway, Jack O'Connor, and T H White. Bodio claims he could find at least 100 more.

A book about the mysterious extinction of the Passenger pigeon, one on the ancient dogs of Central Asia, and a collaboration with his photographer stepson on western travelers in the Szechuan- Tibetan border country are all in the pipeline, as is a memoir. Meanwhile he still lives in Magdalena, a former cattle drive town in the mountains of southern New Mexico, with his wife, Elizabeth (Libby) Adam Frishman, a second- generation mountaineer, archaeologist, and former Outward Bound trekking guide.

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Well written,very informative and full of well chosen illustrations.
Peter Hill
When a falconer friend offered to share this new book with me, then, I was pleased to find that I enjoyed the whole book!
Almelle
The stories of eagle falconry will entrance and excite the young reader.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wyoming Hunter on October 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Snow Leopard's Tale"An Eternity of Eagles" is a wonderful collage of natural, human, and literary history, hunting, travel, memoir, photos, art, illustrations, quotation, excerpt, what am I leaving out? Rather than a hodgepodge, this is a work with an intense focus, never losing sight of a creature that has been among the ruling passions of Stephen Bodio's life and which for others ranges in definition from imperial symbol to rogue predator and scavenger, with every shade of perception in between, duly noted by Bodio in elegantly crafted detail.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hill on October 11, 2012
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This book is wonderful. Well written,very informative and full of well chosen illustrations.I learned a lot...not only about eagles but also about their cultural importance in many different countries. I shall look at the bald eagles we have nearby more closely from now on!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart C. Hancock on November 12, 2012
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If you're like me, you probably don't consider yourself any kind of expert on birds. I throw a few sunflower seeds in the back yard to see what might show up (generally sparrows, robins, and if I'm lucky, a cardinal or two), but my relationship with our feathered friends is generally limited to cleaning their droppings off of my car.

I've seen a few eagles in my life, usually bald eagles, but they have always been far up in the heavens, floating high above the forests of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or the marshes of Florida. I've never had the luck to actually see one drop out of the sky like a computer-guided drone, talons extended to grasp an unaware rabbit only to soar off to what I always imagine to be an inaccessible ice-covered mountain eyrie. Though I did once have the experience of viewing (from the comfortable surroundings of a Mumbai sixth-floor executive lounge) a half-dozen Indian spotted eagles lazily circling, riding the thermals on the edge of the Arabian Sea.

However, I've never had even a dim awareness of the place of eagles in history, culture, or national identity. "An Eternity of Eagles" changed all that. Profusely illustrated with drawings and photographs, "An Eternity of Eagles" describes the often uneasy relationship between humans and this majestic bird. Mr. Bodio writes in a conversational style, effortlessly taking us through the natural and human history of the eagle, a riveting chapter on falconry among the Kazakhs (they often use motorcycles(!) to pursue prey), and even a discussion of eagles as pests and enemies. One of my favorite illustrations is a holiday card of eagles indiscriminately carrying off various prey titled "Merry Christmas from the Evil Bastard Killer Eagles."

However, evil bastard killer eagles aside, Mr.
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By aron row on January 5, 2014
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Naturalist Stephen Bodio is enraptured with raptors, in this edition he reveals the mysterious majesty of the eagle. Considered a vulture by some, the eagle is shown both in beautiful illustrations and in poetic prose as a noble creation with whom we share this world. The reader glimpses the characteristics of the more than eighty species of living eagles, looks at them through legend and art. Various aquila such as the golden eagle, the bald eagle (an American symbol), sea eagles, snake eagles, jungle eagles, odd eagles and others are described along with their hunting habits, mating practices, and migration patterns. The stories of eagle falconry will entrance and excite the young reader. As a predator, the eagle has earned a feared reputation for human attacks, however sheep and cattle serve as their primary prey. For this reason, eagles have been poison-baited and pursued by armed hunters in aircraft. Currently laws protecting the endangered birds hopefully will assist in their survival as a singular evolutionary descendant of the dinosaurs. The thrill and joy one feels when watching an eagle soaring in the sky is captured by this magical narrative. Further enriching this glowing and poetic account of these amazing raptors, Further enriching this glowing and poetic account of these amazing raptors, is the gracious introduction by Annie Proulx. .
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