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John Bradshaw’s THE ANIMALS AMONG US discusses the relationships humankind has with animals of all kinds, with an emphasis on dogs and cats. This work is extensive; the mail text is about 310 pages, with a preface and an explanation of the conventions Bradshaw uses, such as how he prefers to refer to the humans who care for animals (He explains why he prefers and uses “owner.”) and how and why he does use “it” when the animal’s gender is unknown or perhaps not particularly important. In the back matter, the notes cover about thirty-seven pages. The final copy will be indexed, but my advance copy is not; I’m certain that the index will be thorough as adshaw works as a biologist, and this work probably leads to what I see as some faults with this book. Though thorough, Bradshaw seems to lack a warmth that a lot of people reading a book like this one would want. I felt too much as if I was in his laboratory with him rather than talking with him about and among his pets or mine and how humankind domesticated animals to become pets. Though a clinical tone is appropriate for a scholarly work, that tone seems “off” for a work like I believed this one to be. With two advanced degrees myself, I have read a lot of scholarly papers; this work reminded me of a scholarly paper, not something a pet owner would smile and laugh over. Who did he truly intend as his audience, and what was his purpose?With this in mind, I give THE ANIMALS AMONG US a four-star rating. I do wish to read Bradshaw’s other works, but I think this work misses the tag a small when it comes to his readership and his purpose. It may be perfect for a science department library, but to general readers Bradshaw may come across as a small cold about the animals he claims to care so much about.
I have long been a sucker for any kind of non-fiction book that looks at the history of the human-animal bond, especially when it comes to dogs. So, naturally, I was quite drawn to this one which is a good, well-researched history of pets. It relies a lot on quantifiable evidence more so than anecdotes and speculation (like this subset of non-fiction sometimes seems to turn to). The formatting of the book with breakouts gives it a more modern flow, though it does break-up the experience if you are reading this cover-to-cover. I think some readers would prefer actual photographs than the detailed drawings, but this didn’t bother me at all. I wouldn’t recommend this as a non-fiction book to read straight-through, as by the ending, it started to feel a bit e historical view of domestication is laid out in an interesting and logical fashion and there are some anecdotes interspersed throughout that liven things up a bit, too. And though the author leans towards the science side, there are still some missing links and steps that are frankly unknowable. But these do not go unacknowledged. And I think that this is handled very well here. I really was quite taken with the idea that there is a genetic link for a “knack” with animals that may run in some families (I know that my grandmother had such a knack for dogs, and it interesting to see which of her six kids share this, and which of her grandchildren also can’t imagine life without a dog). Unlike some books on this topic, it never gets overly preachy or political but it is fascinating and definitely a amazing addition to this subsect of non-fiction!
I chose this book to review because I am a die-hard, animal lover. I've always had cats and dogs live with me (along with a few other assorted species) and really can't imagine life without them. I can't tolerate animal cruelty and even watching nature shows where animals slay each other for meal is impossible for me to endure. I've wondered sometimes why I feel so strongly in this zone and chose this book mainly because it delves deeply into the human/pet relationship. A lot of time and effort has been place into it and it fully deserves 5 stars. Besides the expected info about our love and need for companion animals (mainly dogs and cats but other animals are mentioned), some very interesting info and some speculation is given too - such as the need for people to stroke pets. From page 216 - "Perhaps we search stroking our pets so pleasurable because it taps into some half-remembered primate instinct that we can no longer satisfy entirely by touching each other."The book discusses pet assisted therapy for elderly, cats playing with toys are actually hunting in their heads, people who are violent to each other are also violent to animals, does compassion for animals have a genetic component? and much, MUCH more very interesting and enlightening info is given. I don't necessarily believe it all to be true, and some of it is hypothesized, but the source of the hypothications create amazing sense.If you have ever wondered about your relationship with your pet(s), or why people act the method they do concerning their pets and vice-versa, then this book should definitely respond a lot of questions. Warning - some things are not simple to read. I had a hard time in the very beginning about people eating animals especially dogs and cats. The fact that millions of dogs and cats are consumed annually makes me sick to think about it.
Attractive book in so a lot of ways. I am a senior gal and have always been around animals and having been raised on a cattle ranch in OR I learned the harshness and responsibility of loving them. I can't imagine my life without a dog or cat to dote on. I have loved them so fiercely I cried more at their loss than any human in my life. Seriously.I could not wait to read this book and while there were some parts I had to skim over, just because some sections of how animals live and what happens to them and who eats them is something I know about but prefer not to read about. Can't handle the Animal Planet or National Geo when that topic is shown either. This book is exceptionally well written and reading it makes you think. Makes you realize some things you thought were fact, are is a book I intend to read again. There is a part about why we pet animals. Why we feel we need to. I immediately thought of a middle of the night asthma attack I had a lot of years ago. I was alone waiting for the EMT's to take me to the hospital and I was panicking because the attack was so poor and I was scared. Out of nowhere came my 15 yr old Lhasa Apso who was blind. He place his head in my lap and I just began stroking him and thinking about brushing him over and over until the EMT's showed up and everything turned out much better than it could have had I gone into a full blown panic attack. My Sam kept that from happening. In reading the book I understood more about what happened that night.When I left home for college method back when my grandmother told me to never trust anyone who did not like animals because that meant something human was lacking inside themselves and over the years that has proven to be so true, both with men and women.I loved this book.
A few years ago I read a discussion among book lovers gently mocking the readers of books about pets. The main question being asked was why waste time on the topic when there is so much unbelievable literature, history, etc. to read. The reason for me is simple—the unsolved mystery of non-verbal communication with a various species and the hope of a better understanding of these relationships with pets have been both rewarding and at times a frustrating challenge. The joy and compassion I feel along with the reminder of easy pleasures and to live in the moment without worry have enriched my life, so my effort to optimize our communication is worthy of my time and e author has made a thoughtful, thorough exploration of the subject, and although he is a scientist his approach is broader and more inclusive than might be expected from a biologist. Covering a lot of ground the books explores views of animals in our lives, as food, workers performing different tasks like herding and the value they add to our lives through ded to this is the exploration of how in our interactions our brains assign intentions and then answer to them. This is then deftly blended with info both scientific and anecdotal along with cultural motivations that encourage keeping a e style of writing is engaging, it is simple to become immersed in the text. And, this is not a book that is essential to read from cover to cover, so if any section or chapter is uncomfortable for the reader it may be skipped without penalty. Substantial and valuable addition to the subject.
As I type this, my dog is lying on the couch watching me type. Naturally, he has feelings about this. I am not petting him, feeding him, or playing with him. This has led to embarrassment that he has been overshadowed by my computer, guilt that he is not a amazing enough pet to be attended to at all times, or maybe to jealousy for which he will later obtain back at my computer by trying to short it out. Or perhaps I'm imagining all of this, and really he is simply lying on the couch wondering when he will be given meal and taken out for a walk. The method we think about our animals, the qualities we believe they hold, and the degree to which we incorporate our animals into our lives are all covered within this series of essays. The essays cover historic and cultural perspectives and differences while pointing out how our lives have changed within the past century, and how pets have been integrated differently with the passage of time. For those who have love for their pets, this fresh text from Bradshaw provides plenty of interesting background.
The Animals Among Us: How Pets Create Us Human is a unbelievable book. It relates how we as humans are so tied to our pets and how we consider them as family. Having owned a lot of dogs over the latest forty five years I can attest to that. There are so a lot of fascinating stories and info throughout this book. Interesting that we treat our pets as kids (I do) and that we are as attracted to a puppy sometimes more so than a human baby. This is a book to read and reread and learn more about our relationships with our pets. I love this book.
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I am among those who agree with these remarks by Confucius to his disciple, Tzu-Kung: “Abandon weapons first, then food. But never abandon trust. People cannot obtain on without trust. Trust is more necessary than life.”Keep that thought in mind as you consider this broad claim by Rachel Botsman in the Introduction: “We are at the begin of the third, largest revolution in the history of humankind.” The first two – local and then institutional -- are identified in context. Her focus is on the third. “still very much in its infancy, is [begin italics] distributed [end italics]. A trust need not mean the previous forms will be completely superseded; only that the fresh form will become more dominant.”Botsman wrote this book in order support her reader understand the implications of this fresh trust era: “who will benefit, who will lose, and what the fallout might be.”The material in Chapter 4, “Where Does the Buck Stop?, is of unique interest to me. Botsman locks in on Uber and Airbnb, two communities that seem to represent potential for both the best and worst of distributed trust and mistrust between and among everyone involved in each transaction. She addresses necessary problems that contain reliability (fulfilling expectations), accountability (keeping promises and correcting screw ups), and protection (platforms to mitigate the risk of poor things happening). “When it comes to trust in distributed systems, we need to know who will tell the truth about a product, service, or piece of news, and who to blame if that trust is broken. Where does the buck stop? In this fresh era, people are still working that out.” This chapter all by itself is worth far more than the cost of the call the remarks by Confucius to one of his disciples. Obviously Botsman agrees that, without an understanding of how trust is built, managed, lost, and repaired, “a society cannot survive, and it certainly cannot thrive. Trust is fundamental to almost every action, relationship and transaction.”Moreover, “The emerging trust shift isn’t simply a story of dizzying upsurge in technology or the rise of fresh business models. It’s a social and cultural revolution. It’s about us. And it matters.”Yes, what Marshall McLuhan once characterized as our “global village” has become more volatile, more uncertain, more complex, and more ambiguous than at any prior time that any of us can remember. Trust or mistrust now flows between and among individuals, enabled by increasingly more efficient and more effective technologies. For example, those involved with AI, IoT, and automation.“Distributed trust needs us to let zone for a [begin italics] trust pause [end italics], an interval in which to stop and think before we automatically click, swipe, share, and accept.”Who we can trust will largely depend on what we can trust. That is why understanding the system is so important. And that is why the information, insights, and counsel that Rachel Botsman provides in this book are essential.
Sweet god, I watched all the animated clips for the game. Thought it was a amazing story. But the comics... holy brother, the comics just rocked my world. While I'm not a huge fan of the art style - too cartoon-ish for me - the story is just insanely good. This is, by far, my favorite arc in the DC universe.
I have been reading DC comics for years now and Justice League has always been in my monthly folder. Tom Taylor perfectly captures the squad in its most recognizable form. This book is an exciting title that makes me truly sorry he is only writing this as a lead up to the game. I would very happily follow this title as a main stream book.
I own the individual comics of Injustice and I purchased the volumes to read whenever as not to ruin my first print copies. That said, Injustice: Gods Among Us series is a very...very amazing read. You'll experience a lot of various emotions throughout and become excited then mad and so on. It is amazing for collectors, if you have fun comics, looking for something new. Highly recommended!
The latest time I bought a comic was 20 years ago. I have grown out of it and just became so busy. Since the age where are favorite superheroes come to life on the huge screen, and the quality of the video android games they are in, I decided to buy is is a very amazing read.
Very VERY amazing series. Honestly the story gets more and more crazy as it goes on, and I love almost every min of it. The writers do a amazing job of throwing basically every hero from the DC Universe into this war between Batman and Superman.
Continuing from Years One and Two, writer Tom Taylor weaves a convincing story from the original premise and keeps it not only moving forward but keeps the reader guessing as, with this alternate DC Comics universe, you never quite know what, or who, is just around the corner.
Despite some writing flaws of questionable motivation for certain characters and the occasional lampshading of plot devices, the Injustice Universe stroy carries on powerful in the third year. This chapter takes a very massive mystical lean and the basic addition is the antihero John Constantine.
The art declines in quality from the first 2 volumes. I may drop the series due to the decline in the art quality. There's no point in continuing to buy a series the publisher won't hire amazing artists to render.
A fun fast read filled with a lot of facts that the average American would wish to know. Some of the work will reinforce what the reader already knows, but some of it will introduce the reader to fresh historical facts that may garner the interest if students of all ages.
Short Reminders of History class!I loved this book! I don't know what some reviewers are talking about with historical inaccuracy. I did not search any. They must have been fixed by the time I read it. The stories are short and to the point (to the degree they are almost too short). Although the stories are simplified, I found them exciting and the writing was refreshing for a genre that can be extremely dry. Each story teases you with info and now I'm thirsting for more!
Not a full-fledged history book, but more like anecdotes and short notes of the happenings (though not all of them) in chronological order. I had enjoyed reading the Revolutionary Battle and the Westward Expansion sections more than the later ones. In the Civil Battle section, Hatfields versus the McCoys was fun to read. The rest of the book didn't feel too original; still, it is a amazing book to acclimate newcomers to history, but it is not for history buffs.I had fun reading it, anyway, and I think it should be a amazing bonus for children in fifth and sixth grades.
Very amazing selection of necessary happenings and stories of significant importance to our country. Happenings leading up to the revolution through Obama's election.
Loved the History Review. There were several stories not taught in school. The book gives insights to how our country was founded and the struggles we have endured and overcome. As a country we need to learn from our past to support us resolve problems of today. Learn from our history.
I have juust started loving history especially since 2008 when pres barac obama won the election. This has helped me fulfil some of my bucket list altho it's fueled me to wish more.
Nice, fast reads for those times when you don't wish to stay up too late reading! Enjoyable and informative. Just what I wanted.
This would be a amazing read for a 5 th grade teacher to share with their studentd, or have them read and discuss each story
This was an perfect story about one woman and her daughter surviving globe battle two under the most improbable circumstances. It had everything; Lots of amazing descriptions which were true enough to imagine actually being there as an eye witness. There was suspense, intrigue, and anticipation of where the story was going. It all came together very nicely; although, I felt that the ending was anti climatic to the story. I suppose I was looking for a happier ending to a tragic story. It was, however appropriate to the story. The book really stays with you like a song that you can't obtain out of your head. I need to search another book for a follow up to distract me from those who save us. I highly recommend this book ! It is comprehensive and entertaining from begin to finish.
There are not a lot of WWWII fiction written from a non-Jewish point of view so this book had a amazing premise of how the Germans lived through the holocaust and WWII. We all know how horribly the Jewish people were treated during this time period but what we don't know is how some daily German citizens felt about the whole thing. This book did a amazing job presenting various reactions from various German citizens, at the end everyone did what they did mainly because they just wish to survive more than anything else. That is why Anna's choices are so simple to understand, survival over morals and dignity. I didn't really care for Trudy's story and would rather the whole book was focused on Anna instead. What really annoyed me was Trudy's indifference toward Jack, her stepfather. He loved her and treated her like his own but because she was so obsessed about discovering her biological father she didn't quite reciprocate the same amount of love(IMO). On the other hand, she didn't seemed too interested in finding out more about Max, her true Jewish father. I understand the curiosity but it seemed like she was ready to love the Oberstrufurher just because she suspected he was her father. The town's treatment of Anna in the beginning is understandable but is quite much after 50 years later, especially they claimed to have respected Jack so much. They practically turned on her the moment he died. We don't forget after 50 years but surely we can forgive after all this time. It was a bit too much to isolate an old lady in her 70s for something she is not directly responsible for. However, I did like the method how Anna slowly opened up about her past towards the end.
The story of Anna and Trudie, mother and daughter. Set in Germany during the war; then moves to America. The story flips from the mother's story to that of the daughter, back and forth. It was very simple to follow. So much is kept a secret from the daughter but by the end of the story, she hears the truth.
A new an special look at the part German citizens had in WW2 and it's long lasting consequences. While some descriptions are graphic, perhaps too much so in some cases, in my opinion, the story draws you in to the characters. I do not much like them at first, but then the author helps you to understand them. And then like them. I became invested in their story.I would read another of this authors books
Awesome story, wondrously told. Am still digesting this fabulous book and decelerating from the rude. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Seldom do I read a book a second time, but this will be one. The audiobook ver us globe class as well. I own both the book and audiobook. I will be keeping them both in my library for a very long time to come. Thank you, Jenna Blum, and congratulations for your unbelievable achievement and literary gift.
This 'prison'-focused full-length film--the first by Laurel and Hardy--was a ton of laughs, as they bring their special brand of hijinks to such aspects as a hilarious loose tooth of Stan's causing him to create the worst possible sounds at the most inopportune times, and walking-on-eggshell relations with their cellmate, the infamous 'Tiger'. Very amazing and consistently re-watchable--even if it pales in comparison with their later movies.
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