Brother Mendel's Perfect Horse: Man and beast in an age of human warfare (Paperback)
  • Brother Mendel's Perfect Horse: Man and beast in an age of human warfare (Paperback)
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Brother Mendel's Perfect Horse: Man and beast in an age of human warfare (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 01/08/2013
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' "When you touch a Lipizzaner, you're touching history," Westerman was once told. His elegant book offers fascinating proof' Financial Times Frank Westerman explores the history of Lipizzaners, an extraordinary troop of pedigree horses bred as personal mounts for the Emperor of Austria-Hungary. Following the bloodlines of the stud book, he reconstructs the story of four generations of imperial steed 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?

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099512776
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 224 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


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""When you touch a Lipizzaner, you're touching history," Westerman was once told. His elegant book offers fascinating proof" -- Carl Wilkinson * Financial Times *
"Westerman's own unique process of hybridisation, his mix of travel writing and history, yet again proves a winner... enquiring and thoughtful" -- Lucy Scholes * Independent *
"A masterpiece" * De Standaard *
"A most charming book" -- Allan Mallinson * The Times *
"A winner...enquiring and thoughtful" * Independent *

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