BEES IN AMERICA
How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation
by Tammy Horn
2005, 348 pages, b/w photos. This book provides an enlightening cultural history of bees and beekeeping in the United States. The author, herself a beekeeper, offers a detailed social and technological history, from the colonial period when the British brought bees to the New World, to the present – discussing hyper-contemporary electronic hives, the Bee Genome Project, and how bees are being trained by the U.S. military to detect bombs.
The Puritan work ethic was modeled after the beehive, and this model continues to influence American definitions of success. A powerful symbol, the honey bee is both a source of income and a metaphor for America’s place at the center of global advances in information and technology. Paperback; 6 x 9″.
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