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The Medici Giraffe and Other Tales of Exotic Animals and Power by Marina Belozerskaya
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Apr 21, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: history, europe

Using seven biographical portraits of prominent figures throughout history, this book portrays our timeless awe of exotic creatures. The title is a little off, as more time is spent describing the lives of those who sought and collected exotic creatures than their animals. Nonetheless, its delightful descriptions of everything from ancient Alexandria to William Randolph Hearst's castle on the Pacific coast made this book a joy to read.
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