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The Covenant of the Wild Why Animals Chose Domestication

By: Stephen Budiansky(Author)
216 pages, no illustrations
The Covenant of the Wild
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  • The Covenant of the Wild ISBN: 9780300079937 Paperback Apr 1999 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-4 weeks
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Animal rights extremists argue that eating meat is murder and that pets are slaves. This compelling reappraisal of the human-animal bond, however, shows that domestication of animals is not an act of exploitation but a brilliantly successful evolutionary strategy that has benefited humans and animals alike. The 1999 paperback has a new preface by the author.

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Stephen Budiansky is a historian, biographer, and journalist, the author of 18 books exploring intellectual and creative lives, military and intelligence history, and science and the natural world. He is the former Washington Editor of the scientific journal Nature and a regular book reviewer for the Wall Street Journal. He lives on a small farm in northern Virginia.

By: Stephen Budiansky(Author)
216 pages, no illustrations
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"Budiansky's slim, elegant discourse is a persuasive counterweight to the pastoral delusions of sentimentalists intent on seeing humans as malevolently at odds with the noble animal kingdom."
– Manuela Hoelterhoff, Wall Street Journal

"Forcefully argued and eloquent."
– Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

"A subtle look at the mysteries of evolution and a stinging response to animal-rights extremists [...] Ambrosia for anyone – whether in agreement with Budiansky or not – who appreciates the beauty of an argument that combines careful scholarship with common sense."
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"Budiansky argues his thesis clearly and cogently."
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