Crane, English expert on the world's bees died recently at age 95.
For more than a half-century Dr. Crane worked in more than 60
countries to learn more and more about the human use of honeybees
from prehistoric times to the present.
found that ancient Babylonians used honey to preserve corpses, that
bees were effectively used as military weapons by the Viet Cong, and
that beekeepers in a remote corner of Pakistan use the same kind of
hives found in excavations of ancient Greece.
review in The Guardian, the author Paul Theroux, himself a beekeeper,
called the book a masterwork “for its enormous scope and
exhaustiveness, for being an up-to-date treasure house of apiaristic