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- Print Length: 336 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; 1 edition (April 14, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 14, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UXENV5E
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"Fagan (Emeritus, Anthropology/Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels, 2013, etc.) brings consummate skill to this frequently horrifying study of humanity's interaction with animals . . . His analysis, however, is sound, the product of an accomplished archaeological and anthropological background. Though reminding us of the cruelties still visited upon animals and insisting that we respect them anew--not merely as pets or idealized creatures of the wild--Fagan offers no resolutions to our conflicting attitudes toward them, but his compelling, cohesive book calls for further enlightenment." ―starred review, “Best Books of 2015”, Kirkus
"The result of Fagan’s exhaustive research is thought provoking and at times heartrending. The author skillfully traces the arc of human-animal relationships from ancient partners in survival to the master-servant dynamic we still see today despite the efforts of animal-rights activists . . . History, anthropology, and cultural studies enthusiasts will enjoy this excellent, intelligent book, as will animal lovers of all stripes." ―starred review, Library Journal
"Engaging . . . A fascinating history, told with attention to detail and to curious milestones that brighten the story, which, being a history of humankind’s relationship with animals, is a broad history of humankind." ―San Francisco Book Review
"In The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History, Brian Fagan shares the fascinating stories of the most transformative of those relationships. Long before FedEx, it as the unassuming donkey that brought about globalization, delivering food, luxuries and commodities to a developing world--although overnight delivery was probably out of the question." ―Santa Barbara News Press
"Through stories spanning all of recorded history, anthropologist and popular-science writer Fagan skillfully recounts how many civilization-advancing innovations before the Industrial Revolution involved human management of animals." ―Booklist--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is definitely a book you need to be able to sit down with so you can take your time and absorb all the information given. The author enables the reader to feel as if they are back in time and, whether good or bad, the relationship between man and our fellow creatures.
This is the story of eight major animals who played a part in civilizing, spreading, and multiplying the human race: dog, goat, sheep, pig, cattle, donkey, horse, and camel. Was it actually the canine who lead the human into domesticating or living in mutual respect with these other creatures? It would certainly seem so! The partnership of four of these ranch animals changed the way humans lived--no longer mainly nomadic....the beginning of farming and the taming of the land as well? Arguably so.
But as we see, the partnership with these four-legged beasts also opened up the world to us--the earth and it's land bridges spread civilization farther over the globe. From the growing knowledge of the possibilities each animal possessed came human exploitation until the mere possession of certain of these stock were the manifestation of great wealth and power. Unfortunately, exploitation resulted in untold millions being literally worked to death having known nothing more than human bidding the extent of their existence in woeful conditions.
It shouldn't have--humans have the capacity of rational thought, emotion, intelligence, and speech--but did take millennia for humans in a social context to realize that animals also in a social context experienced many of the same emotions and certainly pain that their human counter-parts did. Only since the middle of the nineteenth century have concerted efforts been made to create laws meant to protect creatures entrusted in our care.
In a strongly worded summary, Fagan quotes others as his own sentiments in that our justification of the handling of these beasts is morally indefensible. In the U.S. there have been few gains in the treatment of certain animals raised for companionship or food. It's easier not to put a face on the package of meat. As Brian Fagan passionately pleads "This leaves us humans with the responsibility, with a wrenching dilemma that pits morality and altruism against ruthless exploitation and self-interest." Indeed--powerful stuff! I was fortunate enough to win this book on Goodreads. This was a pre-publication release and therefore still exhibit a few editing misses, but the powerful collection of the history and the animal's impact is formidable. We have the power--what are we going to do with it? Great book! Read it!