Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization

Why Did the Chicken Cross the World The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization Veteran journalist Andrew Lawler delivers a fascinating and delightful globetrotting tour Wall Street Journal with the animal that has been most crucial to the spread of civilization the chicken In a
  • Title: Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization
  • Author: Andrew Lawler
  • ISBN: 9781476729916
  • Page: 229
  • Format: ebook
  • Veteran journalist Andrew Lawler delivers a fascinating and delightful globetrotting tour Wall Street Journal with the animal that has been most crucial to the spread of civilization the chicken.In a masterful combination of historical sleuthing and journalistic adventure, veteran reporter Andrew Lawler opens a window on civilization, evolution, capitalism, and ethicsVeteran journalist Andrew Lawler delivers a fascinating and delightful globetrotting tour Wall Street Journal with the animal that has been most crucial to the spread of civilization the chicken.In a masterful combination of historical sleuthing and journalistic adventure, veteran reporter Andrew Lawler opens a window on civilization, evolution, capitalism, and ethics New York with a fascinating account of the most successful of all cross species relationships the partnership between human and chicken This splendid book full of obsessive travel and research in history Kirkus Reviews explores how people through the ages embraced the chicken as a messenger of the gods, an all purpose medicine, an emblem of resurrection, a powerful sex symbol, a gambling aid, a handy research tool, an inspiration for bravery, the epitome of evil, and, of course, the star of the world s most famous joke.Queen Victoria was obsessed with the chicken Socrates s last words embraced it Charles Darwin and Louis Pasteur used it for scientific breakthroughs Religious leaders of all stripes have praised it Now neuroscientists are uncovering signs of a deep intelligence that offers insights into human behavior.Trekking from the jungles of southeast Asia through the Middle East and beyond, Lawler discovers the secrets behind the fowl s transformation from a shy, wild bird into an animal of astonishing versatility, capable of serving our species changing needs than the horse, cow, or dog The natural history of the chicken, and its role in entertainment, food history, and food politics, as well as the debate raging over animal welfare, comes to light in this witty, conversational Booklist volume.
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    1. Andrew Lawler Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization book, this is one of the most wanted Andrew Lawler author readers around the world.

    2. For those of us who have given in fully to the affliction known as Crazy Chicken Lady disease, this is a wonderful book Lawler has covered the history, science and current state of chicken rearing in a very comprehensive novel I read and enjoyed his article and was happy to have even info The bibliography is longer than the actual book, something else I appreciate, because if it isn t documented I get suspicious that it may be fictional I mostly read on a Kindle but if I were to buy a hardback [...]

    3. I have a new found respect for this humble bird I didn t realize that they have been around people as long as they have What is new, is that people at least here in the US no longer think of them as animals, but rather just another form of food The good news is that humane treatment of our farm animals is becoming common The bad news is that industrial chickens as the French term them, are going international In other words, millions birds are destined to be raised in factory farms, never to s [...]

    4. 2.5 s Unfortunately it was not for me This took me forever and a day I was really excited about this one and unfortunately it didn t quite pull itself off enough to work or to even keep me awake most days.The whole first third of the book seemed like a very dull, long winded explanation for we just can t track where and when it came from exactly There were tidbits and sections I enjoyed mostly in the second third, such at look as it s religious impact and how the eggs are used to study evolution [...]

    5. This had top notch writing, was extremely informative, and did everything I would expect or want from a commodity history I ve already recommended this and will continue to do so Up till now, Salt , by Kurlansky, was my favorite commodity history, but this gives it a run for it money.Lawler runs the gambit of history, biology, pathology, chemistry, religion, social in regards to mainstream, taboo, and shades between, and just straight up history Some of the figures and information he investigate [...]

    6. Consider the chicken No really Lawler s fascinating book takes us through the history of the world through the feathery lens of one of humanities most important fellow creatures From cock fights to breakfast tables to traditions of Southern cooking and a symbol of human virility, this bird has been with us through it all The chicken has at once mystical and practical uses across the modern world and yet for all it has given us, Lawler reminds us of the sad fate of too many of the birds, bred in [...]

    7. An interesting and well written book that looks at the origins of chicken and their journey around the world I would have liked details and some pictures photographs would have been nice.

    8. While I liked the concept of this book, the storytelling seemed erratic There were chapters that were extremely interesting and they flew by But then there were quite a few chapters that were very dry and dull Some chapters were quite long, which had me wondering where the chapter was actually going to end.

    9. The introduction was interesting Occasionally other parts were interesting However, the flow was very jumpy and contained way too much information to keep my interest I scanned most of it.The book was recommended by Bitsy and my mom, so I felt obligated to get through it.

    10. This book has an excellent introduction that makes a great case for why we should think about the importance of the chicken as a food and cultural source that s often ignored But then it unfortunately got bogged down in writing that felt just kind of lifeless and really did not work for me.Then I got to the chapter on rooster penises.Or rather the lack thereof It turns out cocks actually don t have, you know, a pecker Apparently chickens actually do grow a penis but early in their embryonic dev [...]

    11. Chicken is a staple of the American palate We eat 4x as much as the rest of the world however, the chicken we eat, 80% of it, comes from just 2 strains of a bird that includes hundreds of strains and has been part of human existence for than 2,000 years We have 1 strain that yields white eggs 1 strain that yields brown eggs We have 1 strain that is genetically combined to produce such large breasts that the birds can hardly walk, but can be fed very little and processed before they mature As a [...]

    12. Esta es la generaci n que se la puede pasar comiendo pollo y huevos toda su vida sin haber conocido un pollo vivo algo as dice en alguna parte el libro y yo conoc a los pollitos hace algunos d as, amarillos y esponjosos que piolaban sin parar.Si tratas de tomar entre tus brazos al ancestro del pollo dom stico, muere de los nervios, este pollo salvaje que se est extinguiendo por cruzarse con los pollos dom sticos que abundan, es tan diferente y sin embargo la misma especie.y a n as , la historia [...]

    13. I read this on a recommendation from my husband, and I m glad I found the time to squeeze it in between other reads Fascinating I m always on the lookout for a good microhistory or commodity history, and this certainly fit the bill It s eye opening to learn that something as ubiquitous as chicken in our kitchens, our culture, our religions, our medicines, even our language has its own incredible back story We take it for granted, but chicken has played a significant role in many cultures worldwi [...]

    14. I saw this book reviewed in Science and it sounded interesting It did not disappoint The author takes you on a world tour as he traces the origin of the domestic chicken and its role in human culture and development I learned things about the history of the chicken that I never dreamed giving me a new appreciation for the bird The author does show his bias as he discussed animal rights, environmental issues, and global warming However, he does so in a relatively low key manner generally He is no [...]

    15. Okay, so this book might not be for everyone, but it is so interesting and so well written that its appeal does truly extend beyond the interest of crazy chicken people like me Chickens have played a surprisingly significant role in history, culture and nature through the millennia and Lawler has carefully and even entertainingly documented all of it If you need convincing, I ve posted some tidbits from it polloplayer.wordpress 2016 03 19 drumstick please its national poultry day Lawler maintai [...]

    16. Read this book in two sittings A fun historical journey of where, when, and why chickens are the most important food animal on the planet Science part is a tad light, but it s really a historical mystery how did a semi flightless jungle fowl from SE Asia come to be on every continent except Antarctica and have numbers that exceed 25,000,000,000 The book can be improved with some plates or links to view the animals portrayed in text, but the modern reader has enpedia wiki Red_jung The final chapt [...]

    17. Perhaps I should have known better than to have expectations of a book that calls itself an epic saga in the subtitle There is quite a bit to be learned from this popular history of chickens, but the overall effect is unimpressive About the first half of the book is mainly devoted to use of chickens for ritual purposes and cockfighting This ought to be pretty interesting, but the narrative is episodic The most interesting section, for me, was in the middle, treating the nineteenth century chicke [...]

    18. While I really liked this book I was almost undone by minutiae As a backyard chicken owner 4 3 year old hens, and 2 1 month olds I m always interested in the history of the chicken Unfortunately it seems as though there are very few pure bread wild birds left Author has a friendly breezy way of writing This books could really have used maps and pictures, thus the lower rating If you are interested in chickens, as the companion of people and the most abused animal in the world Did you know that c [...]

    19. First Reads ARC winner.This book is superb I had not known very much about chickens before reading, and the story that is presented is fascinating Lawler presents everything you would want to know about chickens and how they ve become the chickens we know today The chapters are mostly self contained, each focusing on a different aspect of chicken history, from the wild breeds today s chickens came from to the role of the chicken in medicine, religion, and food Lawler seems to have researched eve [...]

    20. I have to admit that I didn t get very far into this book before setting it aside Lawler traces the connection between humans keeping chickens back to Cleopatra s time and beyond, giving every minuscule detail about bones found in middens and evidence of chicken coops in archaeological digs Fascinating as all of this is from a bonafida crazy chicken lady , reading the first few chapters felt like watching paint dry There was no commentary about their beautiful plumage, individual chickenalities [...]

    21. I found this a very informative book about chickens I learned a lot that I did not know about this common, popular, and mostly delicious bird.The author goes over the chicken s theoretical origins, the various roles it played in cultures and religions, and why we need it now than ever as a food source Mr Lawler also reveals what we have done to the chicken by breeding it for human consumption, the downside of chicken slaughter, and the politics of why these things will not stop.My only minor pr [...]

    22. Interesting reading The chicken has gone from a potent symbol of many faiths, an emblem of courage and virility to a synonym for stupid and cowardice The chicken is full of irony the most common slang term for the the male organ is cock yet a rooster does not have one America is the only country bashful enough to insist on rooster Chickens are by a wide margin the most common bird on the planet, yet they are on the verge of extinction While billions of domestic chickens inhabit 6 of the continen [...]

    23. I can t really imagine a readable and comprehensive book on the subject The author explores the Chicken through time, culture and even it s genetics In one section of the book he spends a good bit of time on cock fighting and the different procedures rules and training of birds all over the globe It s made me question where my meat comes from and spend a bit on things of quality It s very interesting to consider how influential the chicken has been to us, and we have been to the chicken If you [...]

    24. Everything you always wanted to know about the chicken but were too afraid to ask Lawler tells the story of our domestic chicken Where it came from, it s place in ancient and modern societies and makes you realize the chicken truly is an important bird to humanity.There s quite a few discoveries to be made What surprised me most is the fact that eating chicken is a fairly recent practice There s quite a lot about ancient times in the book and although there s quite a bit about modern times i wou [...]

    25. A fascinating history of the common chicken as it is found in the jungles of Asia and tracks across the world to become super chicken with too large of breasts and too spindly legs to support the new super chicken One of the most interesting chapters is the study of virus and vaccines to prevent influenza The chicken from its rural beginnings to the multi million dollar poultry industry All of the archaeological and genetic studies also held my interest Who knew that a chicken coukd be so intere [...]

    26. Fascinating book on the natural history and origins of the common chicken, once the noble jungle fowl, a pure breed of chicken that is or less extinct, the genes of such jungle animals now altered by the domesticated variety that are worldwide An interesting search into where the chicken actually came from, S.E Asia and how it spread to all the populated continents pretty good evidence is shown that chickens were brought to the Americas before the Europeans A very good book on the most common d [...]

    27. An amazing collection of stories about the cultural links between human civilisations and agricultural chicken i particularly liked that every chapter focused on a different aspect, story, and adventure from the author, who is also an investigative journalist It reads wonderfully well, it s clear and captivating I very heartily recommend this book to anybody with interest to the evolution of agriculture, or the co cultural links between humans and birds You will not see chicken in the same light [...]

    28. I saw this in the library and thought, a book about chickens So, of course, I had to pick it up It s not that I m overly interested in chickens, it s just that I couldn t believe anyone would write one forwell, people who weren t I figured it was a joke Nope, it s about chickens, and it s not as dull as you might assume In fact, if you re a chicken fancier, this book is probably a must It s well written, has enough science and history to interest general readers, and discloses several facts I kn [...]

    29. The story of how a red jungle fowl from Southeast Asia became the basis of a key world food industry Globally, chickens outnumber people by four to one Originally the chicken wasn t prized for food but for religious purposes, royal gifts and as fighting birds It wasn t until World War II and that chicken began to replace beef and pork and industrial agricultural practices made it cheap enough to replace them, but at the same time brought in serious ethical problems about the treatment of the ani [...]

    30. Non fictionDid you know there are three chickens for every person on the Earth Did you know they are descended from a bird found in South East Asia And they make interesting pets Interesting account of chickens throughout history as a religious icon and food source Canadian references research on chicken genetics done in Canada cock fighter spectators compared to Canadian hockey fans Irish famine and immigration to Canada international chicken meeting in Canada and a research at the University o [...]

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