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The Medici Giraffe: And Other Tales of Exotic Animals and Power by Marina Belozerskaya

The Medici Giraffe: And Other Tales of Exotic Animals and Power by Marina Belozerskaya
  • #: 114762
  • Price: $12.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: 2010-05-17
  • Current Version: 3.0.1
  • 3.0.1
  • Size: 10.60 MB
  • Language: English, Swedish
  • Seller: ScrollMotion, Inc
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © Copyright 2006 by Marina Belozerskaya
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The Medici Giraffe: And Other Tales of Exotic Animals and Power

Marina Belozerskaya

Little, Brown and Company

June 27, 2009

A fascinating exploration, spanning two thousand years, of the central role exotic animals have played in war, diplomacy, and the pomp of princes and potentates. Did you know that when Julius Caesar first brought the giraffe to Europe, the stunned Romans called it "camelopardalis, " seeing it as a cross between a camel and a leopard? That in Renaissance Florence, the Medici, eager to present themselves as true princes, organized magnificent hunts with cheetahs, and staged animal combats in the Roman style? That Josephine Bonaparte was the first to breed black swans, native to Australia, in captivity? Or that William Randolph Hearst kept a private preserve at his California home that included African antelopes, zebras, camels, llamas, kangaroos, ostriches, emus, and yaks? Throughout many eras and cultures, exotic animals have entranced and inspired us. Now, Marina Belozerskaya explores their remarkably influential role in history as among the most advantageous diplomatic gifts, the most cherished royal treasures, and the most impressive symbols of power and learning. How did these creatures come to make or break rulers, and help shape the definition of what it means to be civilized? THE MEDICI GIRAFFE contemplates these questions through a chain of stories, beginning in ancient Alexandria and traveling through republican Rome, Renaissance Florence, Aztec Mexico, baroque Prague, Napoleon's France, the robber barons' America, and up to the present day, when two sets of giant pandas helped warm frosty relations between two superpowers. This is an engrossing, sweeping history that casts new light on one of our most ancient obsessions.

About Iceberg

The Iceberg Reader revolutionizes the reading experience by combining the familiarity and timelessness of books with the convenience of New Media. Iceberg makes it easier than ever to browse, buy and enjoy the written word.

Features

- Natural book-like reading experience with full pagination, like the original printed editions.

- Each title includes cover art, front matter, running heads and page numbers.

- Table of Contents incorporates one click navigation.

- Vertical and horizontal page orientation.

- Adjust font size with a pinch, text reflows automatically.

- Brightness adjustment with paper-like backgrounds.

- Swipe to turn the page.

- Search the text within a book.

- Create margin notes with user notation.

- Integrates with iTunes bookstore, so your next Iceberg book is just one click away.

About Hachette

Hachette Book Group USA is a leading US trade publisher headquartered in New York, and owned by Hachette Livre, the second largest publisher in the world.  In one year, HBGUSA publishes approximately 450 adult books, 150 young adult and children’s books, and 60 audio book titles. In 2007, the company had a record 82 books on the New York Times bestseller list, with 20 of them ranked #1.  In addition to selling and distributing its own imprints, HBG distributes publishing lines for Chronicle Books, Microsoft Learning, Arcade, Time Inc. Home Entertainment, Harry N. Abrams, InnovativeKids, Phaidon Press, Filipacchi Publishing, Kensington, MQ Publications, Strictly By The Book, Weinstein Books and Gildan Media.

About Scrollmotion

ScrollMotion, creator of the Iceberg Reader, is a content technology company based in downtown New York City. Our proprietary technology is reshaping how people experience digital information and entertainment, and ScrollMotion is also helping many of the greatest names in traditional media tap the vast potential of the mobile space. For more information, visit www.scrollmotion.com.

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What's New in Version 3.0.1

- Improved compatibility with iPad
- More intuitive user interface
- Ability to share notes and excerpts through Facebook and email
- Improved search functionality
- Enhancements to notes feature

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