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"A story that is part science, part Russian fairy tale, and part spy thriller. . . . Sparkling."
, New York Times Book Review

:Dugatkin is a veteran science writer with a knack for turning sprawling subjects into compact, enjoyable narratives. Ms. Trut, now in her 80s, is both a co-author and a subject of the book, an unusual arrangement. But her intense participation adds a rare degree of intimacy to this science story."
, Wall Street Journal

"A cheerful, easy-to-read account that expounds upon the wonders of scientific achievement. . . . The authors weave other charming histories of other scientific studies and events throughout the book, including the discovery of hormones, pedigree analysis, animal communication, human evolution, and Belyaev's travels in international scientific circles. Writing a simple, straightforward narrative suitable for lay readers, Dugatkin and Trut spin complex genetic science into a fascinating story about adorable foxes."
, Publishers Weekly

"Profound insights into how dogs evolved from wolves come from a remarkable, multidecade experiment on foxes that was carried out under the supervision of the Russian geneticist Dmitri Belyaev from the 1950s onward. Because much of the research was published in Russian, How to Tame a Fox, which is cowritten by Lyudmila Trut--a central figure in the project over many decades--will be widely welcomed for the extraordinary detail it contains."
 
-- Tim Flannery, New York Review of Books

"Our furry companions evidently descended from wild wolves—resulting from thousands of years of human selection. Nearly 60 years ago Russian researchers Trut and Dmitri Belyaev decided to domesticate wild foxes to learn in detail how the journey from wild beast to household pet happens. They set up their experiment on a farm in Siberia and over the following decades mated the tamest animals from each successive generation. In this book, biologist and science writer Dugatkin and Trut recount this grand experiment. The result: a host of docile foxes and the identification of the genetic underpinnings for their domestication.”
 
, Scientific American

“Can new kinds of animals be brought into being outside of DNA tinkering and Frankensteining? Most certainly, as a long-running Russian experiment reveals. . . . The science is profound, but the authors write accessibly and engagingly—and their vulpine subjects are awfully cute, too. Of compelling interest to any animal lover and especially to devotees of canids of all kinds.”
, Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"If you read only two biology books this year, this is one of those two that you simply must read."
-- Grrl Scientist, Forbes

This intriguing, well-written account of an ongoing experiment in canid domestication should delight readers interested in the origins of the human-animal bond.”
 
, Library Journal

"It’s a story of science. . . .But it's also very much a human story. . . . It's a story of persistence against all odds."
, The Hoopoe, NHBS

"Trut and Dugatkin lovingly recount some of the experiment's milestones, including the first fox born with a wagging tail and the first one with droopy ears. . . . At every step, the authors skillfully weave the science of domestication into the narrative of foxes becoming ever-more doglike."
, Science News --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Lee Alan Dugatkin is an evolutionary biologist and historian of science in the department of biology at the University of Louisville. His books include The Altruism Equation: Seven Scientists Search for the Origins of Goodness and Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose: Natural History in Early America, the latter also published by the University of Chicago Press. Lyudmila Trut is a professor of evolutionary genetics at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics, in Novosibirsk, Siberia. She has been the lead researcher on the silver fox domestication experiment since 1959.
 
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very sweet and very interesting
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book and an incredible description of an important experiment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly readable, highly enjoyable and really interesting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ein hoch interessantes Buch, das Aufschluß über die Domestikation von Haustieren gibt
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5.0 out of 5 stars Muito bom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine taking a fox, and creating a dog.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indimenticabile
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fascinating
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fascinating!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally got to learn the details of this important experiment
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Story, a bit too wordy
Reviewed in Canada on June 20, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, fast delivery.
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