Was Beethoven a Birdwatcher?: A Quirky Look at Birds in History and Culture [NOOK Book]

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Did the Cetti’s Warbler inspire the opening notes of the last movement of Beethoven’s Second Symphony?

Is the emu nature’s most devoted dad?

Find out the answers to these ornithological conundrums and others this engaging book that delves into literature, science, religion, fine art and popular culture to reveal how a bird can be far more than the sum of its feathered, winged and webbed parts. Worshipped as gods and damned as agents of the ...

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Was Beethoven a Birdwatcher?: A Quirky Look at Birds in History and Culture

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Overview

Did the Cetti’s Warbler inspire the opening notes of the last movement of Beethoven’s Second Symphony?

Is the emu nature’s most devoted dad?

Find out the answers to these ornithological conundrums and others this engaging book that delves into literature, science, religion, fine art and popular culture to reveal how a bird can be far more than the sum of its feathered, winged and webbed parts. Worshipped as gods and damned as agents of the Devil in equal measure, birds have also fostered scientific breakthroughs and even helped provoke a war. This entertaining guide is full of fascinating insights into the humble bird’s surprisingly large role in history and culture.

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Editorial Reviews

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"There's actually a wealth of serious historical material here . . . but David Turner's chatty style ensures things never get too heavy. Its range is impressive, too, taking in birds from all over the world."  —Bird Watching

"This quirky book reveals all."  —Green Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857653369
  • Publisher: Summersdale
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

David Turner is a London-based journalist who has worked for Reuters and the Financial Times and has been interviewed many times on BBC’s The World Tonight, BBC Breakfast, Sky Television, CNBC and BBC News 24. He studied History at Cambridge and is an observer for the British Trust for Ornithology.
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