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Behemoth: The History of the Elephant in America

by Ronald B. Tobias

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This book is both seriously funny and seriously horrifying. Funny because of the way in which Americans have sought to identify their particular instutions and national image with the strength, majesty and gravitas of the pachyderm. Horrifying because this obsession has led to numerous elephants suffering and dying in simply appalling ways. Shot, poisoned, hanged, electrocuted (Google Eletrocuting an Elephant if you want to see something really gruesome - it was filmed for God's sake), usually after retaliating against the torments of their inhuman keepers. Really, really interesting book about a bizarre subject, but perhaps not for those who have weak stomachs.
  drmaf | Mar 26, 2014 |
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In the two hundred years since their arrival in America, elephants have worked on farms, mills, mines, and railroads, in Hollywood, and in professional baseball. They've contributed to the national discourse on civil rights, immigration, politics, and capitalism. They became so deeply ingrained in the American way that they were once accorded the rights of American citizenship, including the right to vote and the right to provide testimony under oath—and they have incurred brutal punishments when convicted of human crimes.

In Behemoth, Ronald B. Tobias has written the first comprehensive history of the elephant in America. As tragic as it is comic, this enthralling chronicle traces this animal's indelible footprint on American culture.

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A natural historian and filmmaker presents an entertaining history of the elephant in America, revealing how this powerful, yet gentle animal has become the symbol of our changing geographical, cultural and political landscapes.

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