From the 1st wolf to discover companionship in our prehistoric ancestors' camp, to the beasts who bore the burden of our early empires, to the full spectrum of brutally exploited or absurdly pampered pets of our business age, animals--and our ever-changing dating with them--have left an indelible mark at the historical past of our species and proceed to form its destiny.

via an in-depth research of six actually transformative human-animal relationships, Fagan indicates how our conduct and our very lifestyle have been significantly and irreversibly altered by way of our intimate bond with animals. between different tales, Fagan explores how herding replaced human habit; how the common-or-garden donkey helped release the method of globalization; and the way the pony carried a hearty band of nomads internationally and toppled the emperor of China.

With attribute care and penetrating perception, Fagan unearths the profound effect that animals have exercised on human historical past and the way, in truth, they generally drove it.

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