- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: University of Georgia Press (April 27 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 082032213X
- ISBN-13: 978-0820322131
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #767,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Chicken Book Paperback – Jul 16 2008
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<p>This book will definitely have a place on my bookshelf. Originally published in 1975, it began as a collaborative college course on the chicken by a scientist, a historian, and their students. Except for the professors, who were backyard chicken keepers, none knew a whole lot about chickens. The result: a big book that pretty much covers the subject from Araucanas to Plymouths to Yokohamas; from the origins to cockfighting, folklore, modern chicken/egg 'factories,' and backyard chicken raising.</p> (Michael Gaspars Whole Earth)
<p>It's hard to decide whether this book is more fascinating and valuable for its information on chickens or for its insight on the modern homestead movement. But then, just about anyone will find <i>The Chicken Book</i> to be interesting, amusing, and fun to read on several levels. . . . Chicken lovers will be delighted with all of this. But the general reader will also be rewarded. . . . Underpinned by several serious ideas but sprinkled with a generous dose of humor, [it] makes for some fine reading.</p> (Countryside and Small Stock Journal)
<p>A fascinating account of the great impact that the chicken has had upon man. For anyone with any interest in chickens, the book is not only informative but is also fun to read.</p> (Choice)
<p>Smith and Daniel are obviously enthusiastic (though not sentimental) about their subject, and they've provided some good, interesting, and useful reading on the chicken.</p> (Library Journal)
<p>At times amusing, essentially very serious, this engaging offbeat look at the chicken—as an estimable creature in itself and as a symbol of man's desensitization through technology—[is] a pro-chicken, pro-man Western omelette worth reading and pondering.</p> (Publishers Weekly)
<p>A delightful treatment blending evident research with forthright admiration for the ubiquitous chicken.</p> (Booklist)
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- Why did chickens flock (no pun intended) to the Vichy government during Germany's WWII occupation of France?
- Where were the chickens during the delicate negotiations over the Panama Canal treaty? We all know that chickens held sensitive foreign appointments to the region over the course of the Carter administration...again I ask you - where were the chickens?
- Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Milosevic, Pol Pot...vegetarians all. Why? This book will detail the role of the "Silent Claw" organization in these, and other oppressive and totalitarian regimes.
Everyone who cares in the slightest about modern world affairs should read this book immediately!
But I've lived there for a while, so I know these things. Paige Smith's book was out of print for a long while (But now thanks to U of Georgia P, the folks who brought back William Hedgepeth's The Hog Book--there's a pattern here), but now you can read and know these things as well.
The chickens will be grateful.
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