Dreambirds : The ostrich is a rare and misunderstood bird that defies classification. And few people know as much about the ostrich as Rob Nixon. In his book Dreambirds: The Strange History of the Ostrich in Fashion, Food and Fortune, Nixon links personal memories of his homeland, the Karoo of South Africa, with the fortunes of the ostrich. In the 19th century European settlers arrived to exploit gold and diamonds from the region only find that this proved unprofitable. Subsequently they turned to ostrich feathers to seek their fortunes as the birdâs feathers rose in fashions across Europe. Many years later the ostrich would again become the source of wealth and exploitation as rangers in the American Southwest started ostrich farms for food, eggs, leather and other products. Nixonâs style is colorful and articulate and provides insight into the understudied bird. NOTE: This is a Scratch and Dent version and accordingly MAY NOT have a dust jacket.
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