Rats appear in countless fictional books - giant
rats, mutated rats, plague rats - they're the stuff of
nightmares. However, to write a non-fiction book
about common or garden urban rats and make it interesting is
a challenge, but one that Robert Sullivan is more than up
to. Sullivan spent hundreds of hours in a New York
alley observing rats - or more specifically rattus novegicus
(the brown rat), which arrived in North America around the
time of the Revolutionary War and quickly infested virtually
all densely inhabited areas of the continent.
I could fill pages with anecdotes from this book but instead I encourage ...
'...an immensely lively, enjoyable, learned, witty and, yes, appealing book on these damnable creatures.' -- The Washington Post
'.. a must pickup for every city dweller, even if you'll feel like you need to wash your hands when you put it down.' -- Publishers Weekly.
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