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

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-04-11
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

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The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback with an all-new afterword by the author. 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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

1 Nature
2 The City Rat
3 Where I Went to See Rats and Who Sent Me There
4 Edens Alley
5 Brute Neighbors
6 Summer
7 Unrepresented Man
8 Food
9 Fights
10 Garbage 86(11)
11 Exterminators 97(16)
12 Excellent 113(17)
13 Trapping 130(6)
14 Plague 136(9)
15 Winter 145(8)
16 Plague in America 153(11)
17 Catching 164(20)
18 Rat King 184(10)
19 A Golden Hill 194(19)
20 Spring 213(7)
Afterword 220(8)
Notes 228(23)
Acknowledgments 251

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