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The New York Times Book ReviewWhither the pigeon? Ubiquitous beast, rat of the sky, object of children's chase—how did this "un-bird," as some ornithologists deride Columba livia, become part of every city's natural environment? The answers span geography, evolution and culture, but the excellent Superdove: How the Pigeon Took Manhattan...and the World goes beyond, to explore what pigeons reveal about human nature. It isn't always pretty…Humphries is a wonderful storyteller, with a sly sense of humor and a light touch.