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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Bradshaw Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781478923268
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The bestselling author of Dog Sense and Cat Sense explains why living with animals has always been a fundamental aspect of being human

Pets have never been more popular. Over half of American households share their home with either a cat or a dog, and many contain both. This is a huge change from only a century ago, when the majority of domestic cats and dogs were working animals, keeping rodents at bay, guarding property, herding sheep. Nowadays, most are valued solely for the companionship they provide. As mankind becomes progressively more urban and detached from nature, we seem to be clinging to the animals that served us well in the past.

In The Animals among Us, anthrozoologist John Bradshaw argues that pet-keeping is nothing less than an intrinsic part of human nature. An affinity for animals drove our evolution and now, without animals around us, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves.

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  • “Well-written and accessible…In one of the best and most thought-provoking parts of his book, [he] dissects the practice of anthropomorphism as a typically human attempt to understand the animals with which we live so intimately. He raises important questions about the greater significance of keeping pets and their benefits.”

    New Scientist

  • “Bradshaw is a pioneer…[The Animals among Us] is richly, empathetically, and affectionately respectful of the human-animal bond…Readers may be less interested in themselves as pet owners, yet this is actually a bolder and more important book.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “A marvelous achievement, both scientifically accurate and delightfully accessible. If you like animals, have pets, or are simply curious how and why people and other species interact, you’ll learn a lot from this book, and will have a great deal of fun doing so.”

    David P. Barash, professor emeritus of psychology, University of Washington

  • The Animals Among Us reminds us that despite the unprecedented assault by humankind on free-ranging nonhuman animals during the present epoch called the Anthropocene, most humans are inherently attracted to other animals, especially the companions with whom we share our homes and hearts. Best-selling author John Bradshaw rightly argues that when we lose other animals, we lose parts of ourselves. As innate 'biophiliacs,' the chemistry we share with household companions makes us human, and this attraction can help serve to bridge the empathy gap so that we will then extend kindness and compassion to other animals with whom we're less familiar. Marc Bekoff, author of Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do
  • In The Animals Among Us, John Bradshaw integrates findings from the fields of anthropology, history, animal behavior, and evolutionary psychology to answer a fundamental mystery - why do we love pets? Beautifully written by a pioneer in the study of human-animal relationships, this book is an intellectual treat that challenges the way we look at the animals in our lives. Hal Herzog, author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard To Think Straight About Animals
  • I read everything John Bradshaw writes. He is the professor you always wish you'd had: knowledgeable yet approachable, engaged and engaging. If you are in any way interested in the underpinnings of the human-animal relationship, this is the book for your bookshelf. Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside a dog: What dogs see, smell, and know and Being a dog: Following the dog into a world of smell
  • What good are pets? John Bradshaw's affectionate investigation puts your favorite ideas to the test of science. We might not get the health benefits that were once thought important, but there are plenty of other reasons to love Fido. The Animals Among Us is a fond testament to our companion animals and our extraordinary relationships with them. Richard Wrangham, author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
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About the Author

John Bradshaw (1933–2016) was at the forefront of the self-help and recovery field for more than twenty years. He has helped millions of people improve their lives through his ongoing lecture series, his four nationally broadcast public television series, and his bestselling books, which include Healing the Shame that Binds You, Homecoming, Creating Love, Family Secrets, and Reclaiming Virtue. In 1991, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for his series Bradshaw On: Homecoming. He was born in Houston, Texas, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto and continued his studies at Rice University and the University of Santa Monica.

About the Narrator

Graeme Malcolm is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. He has performed on Broadway as Pharaoh in Aida and as Sir Edward Ramsay in The King and I. His television appearances include Law & Order, Follow the River, and Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (with Laurence Olivier). His film credits include A Further Gesture, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, and Reunion.