By Jennifer Ackerman

An award-winning technological know-how author excursions the globe to bare what makes birds in a position to such impressive feats of psychological prowess
Birds are astonishingly clever creatures. based on progressive new study, a few birds rival primates or even people of their extraordinary varieties of intelligence. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed writer Jennifer Ackerman explores their newly came upon brilliance and the way it happened.

As she travels world wide to the main state-of-the-art frontiers of analysis, Ackerman not just tells the tale of the lately exposed genius of birds but in addition delves deeply into the newest findings concerning the chook mind itself which are moving our view of what it capability to be clever. immediately own but clinical, richly informative and wonderfully written, The Genius of Birds celebrates the triumphs of those unbelievable and fiercely clever creatures.

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For the next half hour, I joined him on the first of countless stream-of-consciousness tours across the political landscape of his mind. He seemed to know something about everything — from the party rules for picking superdelegates to turnout in black precincts on Super Tuesday, from how the credit crunch was bankrupting small businesses in New Hampshire to how microenterprise loans could help farmers in the Mississippi Delta — and he swooped from issue to issue without losing his thread, punctuating his soliloquy with questions for me.

The Bush campaign, led by Lee Atwater, opened up a disciplined, ruthless, and sustained series of attacks on Governor Dukakis's record and character. Flags, furloughs, the Pledge of Allegiance. ” This “joke” was a calculated effort to ignite the false rumor spread around Washington by Republican operatives that Dukakis had been treated for depression — and, politically, it worked. Though the allegation was false, Dukakis was forced to call a press conference with his doctor to deny it. By August's Republican convention, our lead was gone, our candidate was a caricature, and our campaign was effectively over.

The budget fight of 1990 was the best. We Democrats saw ourselves as fighting to reverse the Reagan-era priorities by pushing for tax increases for the wealthy and protecting programs for the working class, and we forced Bush to eat his words on “Read my lips,” sweet revenge for what he'd done to Dukakis two years earlier. We spent weeks at Andrews Air Force Base, wrestling with the numbers and the Republicans. Late at night, Ways and Means chairman Dan Rostenkowski broke out a bottle of gin and told stories of all the presidents he'd known up close.

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