Rats

Rats

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

Book - 2005
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New York Public Library Book for the Teenager
New York Public Library Book to Remember
PSLA Young Adult Top 40 Nonfiction Titles of the Year

"Engaging...a lively, informative compendium of facts, theories, and musings."-Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Behold the rat, dirty and disgusting! Robert Sullivan turns the lowly rat into the star of this most perversely intriguing, remarkable, and unexpectedly elegant New York Times bestseller.

Love them or loathe them, rats are here to stay-they are city dwellers as much as (or more than) we are, surviving on the effluvia of our society. In Rats , the critically acclaimed bestseller, Robert Sullivan spends a year investigating a rat-infested alley just a few blocks away from Wall Street. Sullivan gets to know not just the beast but its friends and foes: the exterminators, the sanitation workers, the agitators and activists who have played their part in the centuries-old war between human city dweller and wild city rat.

Sullivan looks deep into the largely unrecorded history of the city and its masses-its herds-of-rats-like mob. Funny, wise, sometimes disgusting but always compulsively readable, Rats earns its unlikely place alongside the great classics of nature writing.

With an all-new Afterword by the author

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2005, c2004
ISBN: 9781582344775
1582344779
Branch Call Number: 599.3521756 Sul 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 250 p

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IMolina3 Mar 24, 2014

perhaps, i could give it a try, just to see if they do say somethin abou more poison to kills those mother fuckers rats..

ilowelife Dec 18, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up to learn more about the rodents, but I had no idea that it was really a history book written with rats as the central plot device. A very interesting read that will teach you a great deal more about New York City and America than you'd think based on its title.

mikelindq Nov 13, 2013

A fun read - written in the same engaging, wry, slightly ironic voice as the author's Meadowlands and Cross Country. Thoroughly researched but utterly without scholarly pretense --- more history/natural history should be written in such an entertaining style.

JCLKimG Apr 09, 2013

This is a fascinating read for those with a bit of interest in the macabre or animal lovers. It won an Alex Award, which is given to books written for adults that have a great appeal factor for teens.

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