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Maybe two and a half stars Some sections wereinteresting than others The author is a food writer, and the best parts of this book are when she writes about honey s history and importance as a food or even as a medicine The chapter on politics really dragged The last chapter is on beekeeping, and it lacks an overall summary or point for the book Not a bad book, and certainly not badly written I m just less interested in human appropriation of bees which is really what this book is about than in bees themselves. (((Read E-pub))) ↼ The Hive: The Story of the Honeybee and Us ⇳ Ever Since Men First Hunted For Honeycomb In Rocks And Daubed Pictures Of It On Cave Walls, The Honeybee Has Been Seen As One Of The Wonders Of Nature Social, Industrious, Beautiful, Terrifying No Other Creature Has Inspired In Humans An Identification So Passionate, Persistent, Or Fantastical The Hive Recounts The Astonishing Tale Of All The Weird And Wonderful Things That Humans Believed About Bees And Their Society Over The Ages It Ranges From The Honey Delta Of Ancient Egypt To The Tupelo Forests Of Modern Florida, Taking In A Cast Of Characters Including Alexander The Great And Napoleon, Sherlock Holmes And Muhammed AliThe History Of Humans And Honeybees Is Also A History Of Ideas, Taking Us Through The Evolution Of Science, Religion, And Politics, And A Social History That Explores The Bee S Impact On Food And Human Ritual In This Beautifully Illustrated Book, Bee Wilson Shows How Humans Will Always View The Hive As A Miniature Universe With Order And Purpose, And Look To It To Make Sense Of Their Own Another fine example of Bee Wilson s wonderful ability both to fully research a topic and to present that research in a fascinating and readable way I only found this book because I so enjoy Bee Wilson s writing I had received Consider the Fork as an ARC, which led me to Swindled, and both were so interesting and absorbing that I simply had to try her other work Bees are fascinating anyway, so the subject was a good one, and as always with Wilson s books I continually found vignettes and facts that I just had to share with the people around me The Hive is less about bees than it is a history of the human perspective on bees, but in the process the reader learns an astounding amount about bees The context is well arranged, with sections relating to the human experience as seen in mankind s view of bees throughout history As ever, I recommend this book along with her others, and hope that she s working on something new to come out soon Subtitled The Story of the Honey Bee and Us, this is a fascinating look at the history of the human relationship with the honey bee And yes Bee Wilson s first name really is Bee We re taken on a guided tour of the hive itself and how honey bees organise their lives and space then we are shown the importance of bees and honey to human culture in both practical agriculture and health inspirational ideas used in architecture, gender relations and politics and symbolism the bee as a symbol of hard work and as a symbolic giver of life throughout our history There are recipes for cakes and hand creams and a comparison of honeys made from different types of flowers.It s truly an engrossing book and one that s worth re reading. While I disagree with the author s characterization of mead as an inferior drink that should not even be tried I love mead,and even brew it myself I did enjoy the history of the honey bee This is NOT a tale of the bee keeper, although the last chapter does touch on that, the majority of the book is about how the bee and the hive has affected the human race How we think and what we see in the hive has changed, but the fact that honey is a wonderful and amazing substance has not changed Overall, an enjoyable look at history through the eye of the hive. Christmas present 2008I enjoyed this little investigative account of human s interpretation and misuse of the honeybee in history. This book was wroth the read One thing I learned what that honey bees don t die all the time when they stings Its only when they sting mammals with elastic skin like humans i think I got that right Before I read this book I was under the impression that whenever a bee stung anything it died because its stinger got stuck in whatever it stung And another thing that surprised me what the honey is not recommend for infants because they can get a type of botulism Another thing I never thought of was honey ice cream I have to try honey ice cream It sounds delicious There was so much in this book that I liked It talked about Brother Adam I had just read about him in sweetness light The bee keeping showman Thomas Wildman Were two of my favorite people to read about in the book I enjoyed the discussion of why the popularity declined It surprised me that German still eats as much honey now as in I think it was medieval times Why was I not interested in bees when I was younger They are fascinating to read about I am sure I don t know much about bees since I have only read about half a dozen books about bees but, I knowabout bees than I used to Reading about Honey bees makes me wish I had a honey bee hive right now that I could go outside and sit by all day I would never feel alone sitting by a honey be hive I hope I would not get stung I could go on and on about the interesting things I learned in this book I have written enough Or maybe I will writeabout it later. Continue to adore and remain mystified by the sheer knowledge and breadth of research Wilson does as well as passing on her passion for her subject s in the hardest way possible Totally crushworthy in this way Is it in part because I switched over in the last half of a year to adding honey to my tea instead of sugar Maybe Is it because bees are fascinating Absolutely Food and how it s affected death, politics, love, and our language Who knew there were so many ways that we ve incorporated the words of bees and honey into our vocabulary from a honeymoon to busy bee Right I know You can probably come up with another group in a few minutes She wouldn t be Wilson without being so thorough because she discusses sex the birds and the bees as well as recipes including honey and why we don t really cook with it any I earmarked pages that I wanted to revisit including the mystery of the last 10% of the scientific breakdown of what honey truly is that makes it the nectar of the Gods I can go on and on She s a research queen and sits alongside my other perennial favorites like Caitlin Doughty, Mary Roach, Sy Montgomery, Bill Bryson, and their ilk I want to have some tea with honey with this food academic This is a history not of bees but in how humans have viewed and interacted with bees I had two main issues with the book First, I think the author needed to decide if she was putting herself in this book or not It read as if it was a straightforward history, but has rather off putting opinions stuck in at random, especially in regard to religions However, my main issue is that the footnotes seem incomplete and relied rather heavily on secondary sources This makes it very hard to verify sources, as they just mention another secondary source Finally, I think the book was lacking by excluding most of Asia and Africa, as well as not looking at modern concerns with commercialization and hive die offs. A hodgepodge of subjects covering the relationship between humans and bees, with a heavy focus on how the honey bee has influenced cultures throughout the ages It s definitely thoroughly researched, but some of the sections feel like they weren t written with as much interest as the others especially the Politics chapter The Food and Drink chapter probably received the most care which, considering that Wilson s main occupation is food criticism and journalism, wasn t that surprising What was surprising was her intense dislike of mead