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

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 11, 2008 - Nature - 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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User Review  - setnahkt - LibraryThing

I was about a paragraph and a half into Rats when it occurred to me “this reads like a New Yorker article.” Inspecting the author bio on the jacket, it turns out Robert Sullivan is a “frequent ... Read full review

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User Review  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

Not for the squeamish, this one. Sullivan stakes out a New York City alley and observes its rats, interspersing his own anecdotal take on the critters with perspectives from rat scientists ... Read full review

Contents

Nature
5
The City Rat Where I Went to See Rats
15
Garbage
86
Exterminators
97
Excellent
113
Trapping
130
Plague
136
Winter
145
Catching
164
Rat King
184
A Golden Hill
194
Spring
213
Afterword
220
Notes
228
Acknowledgments
251
Copyright

Plague in America
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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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