DOWN & DIRTY BIRDING Secondary Title

In 701 B.C. the Assyrian empire was in its ascendancy. It had already vanquished the kingdom of Israel to the north including the capital at Samaria. It then prepared an assault on Judah and its capital at Jerusalem.

But in one of those significant events that changes the course of world history, Assyria was repelled. Jerusalem was saved until 586 B.C. when the Babylonians sacked the city, forcing its leadership class into exile.

Henry Aubin, in a major feat of scholarship, determines that Jerusalem was aided by a Kushite army from Africa which had marched northeast from the Nile valley. While the Bible attributes the Assyrian retreat to an angel and secular commentators cite pestilence, Aubin, in a meticulously documented work, demonstrates that an alliance with the African nation of Kush bolstered Jerusalem’s defences.

Kush, also known as Nubia, was located in what is now southern Egypt and northern Sudan. A monarchy that existed for more than 1000 years, from 900 B.C. to A.D. 350, Kushites held sway over Egypt from 712 B.C. to about 660 B.C. Of Egypt’s 31 dynasties, this, the 25th Dynasty, is the only one that all scholars agree, was black.

The commander of the Kushite expeditionary force was Taharqa (or as the Bible calls him Tirhakah). This Kushite prince, who had his own interests in halting Assyrian expansion, likely caught the aggressors by surprise as they prepared their siege of Jerusalem.

Aubin offers a thrilling military history and a stirring political analysis of the ancient world. He also sees the event as influential over the centuries.

The Kushite rescue of the Hebrew kingdom of Judah enabled the fragile, war-ravaged state to endure, to nurse itself back to economic and demographic health, and allowed the Hebrew religion, Yahwism, to evolve within the next several centuries into Judaism. Thus emerged the monotheistic trunk supporting Christianity and Islam.


“…a fascinating, funny and truly wild book… Down & Dirty Birding is…Dave Barry does birds.”
Mike Capuzzo, author of Wild Things

Key Porter Can/96
Simon and Schuster US/96


Birdwatching is not for the faint of spirit, writes Joey Slinger, an award-winning humorist and a serious birdwatcher.

This unique guide will beguile and lead the beginner, instruct and reaffirm the committed, and entertain the armchair birder. Presenting the drama of bird life (and its watchers) in all its gory treachery, Down & Dirty Birding is packed with useful information.

There are six sections:

– Birders (“Don’t call yourself an ornithologist unless you are one. Someone might ask you about the endocrine system. Then what do you say.”)
– Bird Behaviour: (Covers topics including bathing, cannibalism, homosexuality, sleep, etc.)
– Bird Parts (Feathers, wings, genitals, etc.)
– Inside Dope
– Down & Dirty’s Surefire Tricks For Figuring Out Which Damn Bird is Which
– Quickstart: How to Get At It
– Vacation Hotspots

Joey Slinger is the author of two previous books, No Axe Too Small to Grind which won the prestigious Leacock Medal for Humor, and If It’s A Jungle Out There, Why Do I Have to Mow the Lawn. His fans include American humorist Art Buchwald who wrote: “I started reading the inside cover and, much to my amazement, I laughed. Then I read one article after another and laughed some more.”