Feathery tribe: Robert Ridgway and the modern study of birds.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.
Octavo, dustwrapper, 346 pp. black and white illustrations.
Explores the professionalization of ornithology through one of its key figures, Robert Ridgway, the Smithsonian Institution's first Curator of Birds and one of North America's most important natural scientists. Exploring a world in which the divisions of status, rigour, and publication between amateurs and professionals were far more blurred than the worlds that appear in most histories of science, Daniel Lewis offers a vivid introduction to Ridgway and shows how his work had a larger international context that influenced the evolution of American ornithology.