Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants (Google eBook)

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 11, 2008 - History - 272 pages
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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.

RATS was named a New York Public Library "Book to Remember" in 2004
  

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

User Review  - B. Rule - Goodreads

I found this book both frustrating and pointless. While there were a handful of interesting factoids and anecdotes, I learned next to nothing about rats. About half of the book is him saying "I was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hans Fulton - Goodreads

Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants is a very interesting and unusual book. It is written by Robert Sullivan, who decides to observe city rats in their ... Read full review

Contents

Nature
1
Went to See Rats
15
Edens Alley
27
Brute Neighbors
34
Summer
49
Unrepresented
59
Food
69
Fights
76
Plague
136
Winter
145
Plague in America
153
Catching
164
Rat King
184
A Golden Hill
194
Spring
213
Afterword
220

Garbage
86
Exterminators
97
Excellent
113
Trapping
130
Notes
228
Acknowledgments
251
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Robert Sullivan is the author of The Meadowlands and A Whale Hunt, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He is a contributing editor to Vogue and a longtime contributor to the New Yorker. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

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