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

Andrew Lawler


Veteran journalist Andrew Lawler can provide a “fascinating and delightful…globetrotting travel” (Wall road Journal) with the animal that has been most vital to the unfold of civilization—the chicken.

In a masterful mix of old sleuthing and journalistic experience, veteran reporter Andrew Lawler “opens a window on civilization, evolution, capitalism, and ethics” (New York) with a desirable account of the main winning of all cross-species relationships—the partnership among human and chook. This “splendid ebook choked with obsessive commute and examine in background” (Kirkus Reviews) explores how humans throughout the a long time embraced the chook as a messenger of the gods, an all-purpose medication, a logo of resurrection, a robust intercourse image, a playing reduction, a convenient study instrument, an concept for bravery, the epitome of evil, and, in fact, the big name of the world’s most famed joke.

Queen Victoria used to be keen about the chook. Socrates’s final phrases embraced it. Charles Darwin and Louis Pasteur used it for clinical breakthroughs. spiritual leaders of all stripes have praised it. Now neuroscientists are uncovering indicators of a deep intelligence that gives insights into human behavior.

Trekking from the jungles of southeast Asia throughout the heart East and past, Lawler discovers the secrets and techniques at the back of the fowl’s transformation from a shy, wild poultry into an animal of extraordinary versatility, able to serving our species’ altering wishes greater than the pony, cow, or puppy. The ordinary heritage of the bird, and its position in leisure, foodstuff background, and nutrients politics, in addition to the controversy raging over animal welfare, involves mild during this “witty, conversational” (Booklist) quantity.

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