Reviews of Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation

 

Bees in America is a fabulous treatment of how the honey bee shaped social, political, and economic attitudes during colonization and beyond in America. The story is still a very important one today.

--North Vernon Sun

 

Provides a thorough social history of America, examining all possible instances of honey bee imagery used in cultural contexts. Well referenced. Readable and recommended for anyone who appreciated off beat perspectives in social history.

-- Northeastern Naturalist

 

Ambitious. . . . Takes the reader deep into the American side of this sprawling story.

--Books and Culture

 

A useful book. . . . A comprehensive history of bees in America.

--Canadian Journal of History

 

An effective blend of humor and serious scholarship. . . . It merits wide readership.

--Southern Historian

 

A scholarly, but readable, look at the influence of the honey bee throughout America's history.

--Kentucky Monthly

 

Bees in America is, at its most basic, a cultural history of not just a small insect, but of a sports logo, commercials, art, adages, and farming. . . . Full of enough oddball information (and archival photography and artwork) that it'll keep you busy as a . . . well, you know.

--Blue Ridge Business Journal

 

Will most appeal to American history buffs, who may be surprised to learn how bees, honey, and beekeepers figure in events, prominent and obscure, that shaped our nation.

--Zoogoer


Builds a social history of the bee in America, beginning with the earliest colonists (honeybees aren't native to North America) and ending with hyper-contemporary electronic hives and the Bee Genome Project. . . . A heroic book in its scope.

--Salon.com

 

This excellent example of the effects agriculture has on history will be a welcome addition.

--Booklist

 

Introduces some big political ideas that are very much worth knowing about. . . . Also full of the kind of rich detail that a narrow focus, paradoxically, makes room for.

--Christian Science Monitor

 

Horn brilliantly creates a richly researched and wonderfully written text. Even those who view bees with some degree of horror will be pleasantly surprised.

--New York Resident

 

From the honey producers of ancient times to today's military scouts, bees have always been at the center of history, and Tammy Horn's books gives an excellent overview of how and why.

--Invention & Technology

 

Bee folklore, science, and history recounted in a delightful book full of anecdotes and facts which will spark admiration for this sometimes overlooked part of our nation's agriculture.

--Times of Acadiana

 

You will love this book. . . . That honey bees helped shape America cannot be disputed. Here are many of the ways they worked their magic.

--Bee Culture

 

The honey bee isn't native to the U.S., but it's hard to imagine the country without it. Horn...provides a wealth of worthy material about bees in America, from the use of the hive metaphor to justify colonization in the 1500s and 1600s, to bees' role in pollinating the prairies and orchards that we now take for granted.

--Publishers Weekly

 

Honey bees and man have traveled a long and perilous journey from their tentative first flights in colonial America to the intensely managed, politically volatile pollination fields of a modern, fertile California. Horn traces the many paths of honey bee and human interaction in America and weaves them together for a colorful, intimate and in-depth tale that grandly encompasses keen inventions, slavery, religion, war, economics, politics, and the global market place, to produce the fabric of our American experience for over 400 years.

--Kim Flottum, Editor, BeeCulture

 

Filled with piquant anecdotes about bees and their keepers, drawn from a wide range of sources.

--Richard Schweid, author of The Cockroach Papers and Consider the Eel

 

I ... think it is great that Horn has written a book on beekeeping history that will appeal to the general public, as well as beekeepers. I know that U.S. beekeepers will be grateful that Tammy Horn is sharing the story of their love affair with [the] honey bee to the general population. I can't help but believe that after reading Horn's book, more people will be stimulated to explore the wonderful world of beekeeping! Bees in America is a welcome respite from our fast-paced, technology-driven society.

--Joe Graham, editor of American Bee Journal

 

A fascinating and very readable cultural history of bees and beekeeping in the United States.

--Choice

 

Horn's social history of bees and beekeeping in the United States reveals how integral bees have been to the settlement and culture of our country.

--Lexington Herald-Leader

 

Shows how bees, since their arrival in America, have affected people, like their impact on native peoples and their use by colonists.

--Utah Historical Quarterly

 

Offers a cultural, social and technological history of beekeeping, from the time the practice was introduced into the New World by the British as a form of livelihood and sustenance to the present.

--Associated Press

 

Horn shows the potential for cultural studies to reach out in new directions&will appeal to non-specialist audiences&entertaining and informative.

--Appalachian Journal

 

Integrates history, technology, sociology, economics, and politics with this remarkable insect serving as the unifying concept.

--Buffalo News