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Stephen Budiansky, scientist & journalist, is a correspondent for "The Atlantic Monthly." His five highly acclaimed books include "If a Lion Could Talk: Animal Intelligence & the Evolution of Consciousness" & "The Nature of Horses." He lives in Leesburg, Virginia. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Works by Stephen Budiansky

The Nature of Horses (1997) 138 copies

Associated Works

The Tiger in the House: A Cultural History of the Cat (1936) — Introduction, some editions — 204 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 2009 (2009) — Author "Giant Killer" — 5 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 2010 (2010) — Author "In Review: The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern" — 3 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 2011 (2011) — Author "America'a Coming Out Party" — 2 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 2020 (2020) — Author "Trial by Fire" — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge



What a mixed bag! The discussion of the co-evolution of humans alongside domesticated animals and plants is so well articulated, as is the critique of our persistent romanticized view of "nature," now created from afar since so many of us have such a mediated experience with anything remotely wild and even then, what appears wild when we are only occasionally stepping out of the built environment may still be profoundly shaped by co-evolutionary forces that we don't recognize. I've read similar analyses in other books (e.g. pieces by Temple Grandin), but those were written at a later date, so it was interesting to read this argument at a much earlier point in that conversation. So those parts were great, but the diatribes against animal rights advocates is completely out of control. By contrast to his thoughtful analysis and deconstruction of naive understandings about the relations between people and animals and plants, in discussing animal rights movements the author gives into self-indulgent slams against tactics and doesn't attempt to address any of the real problems this movement was trying to surface. Interestingly, he predicted a great backlash against their perspective because of the tactics, but that is not in fact how history has played out.… (more)
lschiff | 1 other review | Sep 24, 2023 |
Þokkalegasta lesning. Tyrfin á köflum þegar Budiansky útskýrir helstu dulkóðanir og leiðir til að brjóta kóðana en hann útskýrir ágætlega brösótta fæðingu NSA, stofnanavæðingu og klúður. Þrátt fyrir að Bandamenn gætu brotið alla helstu kóða Öxulveldanna í Seinni heimsstyrjöldinni reyndust þeir brátt óbrjótanlegir í Kalda stríðinu. Sovétmönnum gekk að mörgu leyti betur gegn tæknilega öflugri andstæðing með njósnurum og árangursríkum gamaldagsaðferðum. Besti árangur njósnastofnana stórveldanna var kannski að sýna forystumönnum ríkja sinna að þrátt fyrir hættuna á kjarnorkustríði væru engin skref tekin til virkja kjarnorkuflaugarnar og þannig minnka óttan við gagnkvæma eyðingu.… (more)
SkuliSael | 1 other review | Apr 28, 2022 |
2022 book #3. 2021. Godel, born in 1906 came up with his genius Incompleteness Theory, showing that in mathematics, not every true proposition can be proven when he was 23. He lived a troubled life after that, fearful he would never do anything else as important. Well written bio
capewood | 1 other review | Jan 23, 2022 |



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