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Brother Mendel's perfect horse : man and beast in an age of human warfare

Auteur : Frank Westerman
Éditeur: London : Harvill Secker, 2012.
Édition/format:   Livre imprimé : AnglaisVoir toutes les éditions et tous les formats
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"'When you touch a Lipizzaner, ' Frank Westerman was told as a child, 'you are touching history.' In "Brother Mendel's Perfect Horse" he explores the history of these unique creatures, an extraordinary troop of pedigree horses first bred as personal mounts for the Emperor of Austria-Hungary. Following the bloodlines of the studbook, he reconstructs the story of four generations of imperial steeds as they survive the  Lire la suite...
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Genre/forme: History
Type de document: Livre
Tous les auteurs / collaborateurs: Frank Westerman
ISBN: 9781846550881 1846550882 9781409019329 1409019322
Numéro OCLC: 782997964
Note sur la langue: Translated from the Dutch.
Description: 310 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contenu: First published with the title Dier, bovendier in 2010 by Uitgeverij Atlas, Amsterdam/Antwerp. -"'When you touch a Lipizzaner, ' Frank Westerman was told as a child, 'you are touching history.' In "Brother Mendel's Perfect Horse" he explores the history of these unique creatures, an extraordinary troop of pedigree horses first bred as personal mounts for the Emperor of Austria-Hungary. Following the bloodlines of the studbook, he reconstructs the story of four generations of imperial steeds as they survive the fall of the Habsburg Empire, two world wars and the insane breeding experiments conducted under Hitler, Stalin and Ceausescu. But what begins as a fairytale becomes a chronicle of the quest for racial purity. Carrying the reader across Europe, from imperial stables and stud farms to the controversial gene labs of today, Westerman asks, if animal breeders are so good at genetic engineering, why do attempts to perfect the human strain always end in tragedy? Brother Mendel's Perfect Horse, a unique and engrossing fusion of history and travel writing, is a modern fable in which the pure-blood horse ends up revealing man's own shortcomings." --
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Autres titres: Dier, bovendier.
Responsabilité: Frank Westerman ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett.

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When you touch a Lipizzaner, the author was told as a child, you are touching history. This title explores the history of these creatures, an extraordinary troop of pedigree horses first bred as  Lire la suite...

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"Westerman's account of the Lipizzaners' remarkable survival makes stirring reading. His tales of research in secret archives and encounters with wartime veterans who helped with Operation Cowboy Lire la suite...

 
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