A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History

October 31, 2020
A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History

The first comprehensive history of felines—from the laps ofpagan gods to present-day status as meme stars—as revealed by avery learned tabby with a knack for hunting down factsSince the dawn of civilization, felines have prowled alongsidemankind as they expanded their territory and spread the myth ofhuman greatness. And today, cats are peddled on social media assilly creatures here to amuse humans with their antics. But this isan absurd, self-centered fantasy. The true history of felines isone of heroism, love, tragedy, sacrifice, and gravitas. Notentirely convinced? Well, get ready, because Baba the Cat is hereto set the record straight.Spanning almost every continent and thousands—yes, thousands—ofyears, Baba’s complex story of feline survival presents readerswith a diverse cast of cats long forgotten: from her prehistoricfeline ancestors and the ancient Egyptian cat goddess Bastet to thedaring mariners at the height of oceanic discovery, keyintellectuals in the Enlightenment period, revered heroes fromWorld Wars I and II, and the infamous American tabbies. Baba, atalented model in addition to a scholar, goes beyond surface-levelscratches, pairing her freshly unearthed research with a series ofstunning costume portraits to bring history to life.A paws-on journey through the feline hall of fame, with in-depthresearch and four-legged testaments that will make you rethink whodefines history, A Cat’s Tale: A Journey Through Feline History—arevealed to Paul Koudounaris—is a one-of-a-kind chronicle thatintroduces readers to the illustrious ancestors of their closestcompanions and shows, once and for all, that cats know exactly whatthey’re doing.