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The Age of the Horse: An Equine Journey Through Human History
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A “superb” account of the enduring connection between humans and horses—“Full of the sort of details that get edited out of more traditional histories” (The Economist).
 
Fifty-six million years ago, the earliest equid walked the earth—and beginning with the first-known horse-keepers of the Copper Age, the horse has played an integral part in human history. It has sustained us as a source of food, an industrial and agricultural machine, a comrade in arms, a symbol of wealth, power, and the wild.
 
Combining fascinating anthropological detail and incisive personal anecdote, equestrian expert Susanna Forrest draws from an immense range of archival documents as well as literature and art to illustrate how our evolution has coincided with that of horses. In paintings and poems (such as Byron’s famous “Mazeppa”), in theater and classical music (including works by Liszt and Tchaikovsky), representations of the horse have changed over centuries, portraying the crucial impact that we’ve had on each other.
 
Forrest combines this history with her own experience in the field, and travels the world to offer a comprehensive look at the horse in our lives today: from Mongolia where she observes the endangered takhi, to a show-horse performance at the Palace of Versailles; from a polo club in Beijing to Arlington, Virginia, where veterans with PTSD are rehabilitated through interaction with horses.
 
“For the horse-addicted, a book can get no better than this . . . original, cerebral and from the heart.” —The Times (London)

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Fifty-six million years ago, the earliest equid walked the earth—and beginning with the first-known horse-keepers of the Copper Age, the horse has played an integral part in human history. It has sustained us as a source of food, an industrial and agricultural machine, a comrade in arms, a symbol of wealth, power, and the wild.
 
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      • content: "In clear, introspective prose that underscores the astonishing depth of her research, Forrest tracks human history through the eyes of our equine companions . . . it is indeed that personal touch, that devotion, that elevates this volume from fascinating history to work of art."
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      • source: Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
      • content: "Horses are woven into human history. In some ways horses have made humanity what it is. Here, Susanna Forrest does a wonderful big-picture job of conveying what we have made the horse, what the horse has made us, and how diminished humankind would be without the presence of horses."
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      • source: Times (UK)
      • content: "Susanna Forrest is the outstanding writer at the erudite end of horse madness . . . To well-rehearsed facts, she brings new detail . . . for the horse-addicted, a book can get no better than this . . . original, cerebral and from the heart."
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      • source: Jonathan Balcombe, author of What A Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins
      • content: "The history of horse-human relations is, and continues to be, a rich and deeply troubling epic. Susanna Forrest has done it admirable justice."
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      • source: Boria Sax, author of The Mythical Zoo: Animals in Myth, Legend, and Literature
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      • content: "Forrest covers wide sweeps of history with dexterity and panache."
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      • source: Adrienne Mayor, author of The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World
      • content: "Susanna Forrest is the ideal guide for exploring the ancient bond between horses and humans. Deeply personal and impressively researched, The Age of the Horse is a moving tribute."
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      • source: Deanne Stillman, author of Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West
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      • content: "[Forrest's] passion for the horse leaps from the pages of a book that is a rich fount of knowledge for anyone interested in the innumerable and endlessly fascinating points where horse and human meet."
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        In her introduction, Forrest (If Wishes Were Horses) promises that this book is not about the history of horses. Rather, it's a look at the intersection of horses and humans throughout time and how these relationships change. It's a vast topic to cover, but the volume is divided into distinct subjects and places, such as conservation efforts for the wild Takhi fighting extinction in Mongolia. Readers will need to be familiar with equine terms before delving into this title. The text sometimes meanders within each section, jumping back and forth in time, and those who prefer a more linear telling might become confused or distracted. However, the vivid language allows readers to experience fully each era and areas. The author also handles controversial issues in an evenhanded manner. For example, tackling the subject of working horses in the United States, she interviews those who are in favor of revival of the horse-powered farms, but she also points out concerns with their arguments. VERDICT A thought-provoking read for history buffs and knowledgeable horse lovers. [Prepub Alert, 11/21/2016.]--Elissa Cooper, Helen Plum Memorial Lib., Lombard, IL

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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