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Rats

Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants

by Robert Sullivan

Rats by Robert Sullivan
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    Apr 2004, 256 pages
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    Apr 2005, 256 pages

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'A must pickup for every city dweller'. Current Affairs/Environment

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 you to go and read the very extensive excerpt at BookBrowse for yourself.  The excerpt is unique to BookBrowse and I guarantee you'll come away with lots of wonderful facts to send shivers down your friends' spines for years to come!

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'...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.

This review is from the April 6, 2005 issue of BookBrowse Recommends. Click here to go to this issue.



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