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

by Robert Sullivan

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    Apr 2004, 256 pages
    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 ...

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' 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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