Raising the Peaceable Kingdom

What Animals Can Teach Us about the Social Origins of Tolerance and Friendship
Original Publish Date: Aug 01, 2006
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.42 hours)
Product Number: Z100018779
Released: Aug 01, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780792746591
Narrator/s: Tim Jerome
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In January 2004 Jeffery Masson began an experiment he'd been dreaming about for years: he rescued a puppy, a kitten, two chicks, two rat pups, and a rabbit, and decided to raise them all together in his home with his family, observing them for a year. This experiment led to friendship, tolerance, cooperation, and even love and compassion between the animals. Here is Masson returning to what he does best: exploring the emotional lives of animals. This book will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered what animals think and feel-and to anyone hoping for a more tolerant world.

Professional reviews

"Can a rat become a cat's friend, rather than an entrŽe? Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson didn't just ask that question; he brought a dog, a cat, two rats, two chickens, and a rabbit into his Auckland, New Zealand, home to see how they would relate in hopes of shedding light on human relationships. Tim Jerome reads Masson's first-person work with a suitably professorial tone, although he sometimes sounds too didactic or astonished. Other times, he has a good handle on the wry humor and thoughtful insights that arise from dealing with house chickens making a mess or seeing a dog protect a rabbit friend from another dog. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"

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