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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.
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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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"Sullivan persuasively associates the truth' he learns about rats with a deeper understanding of both the history of New York City and the essence of mankind." "The author excels at fluid and witty prose." ." a rollicking, richly drawn history.[he] offers up a parade of eccentric characters who deserve to be in the movies." "�Approaches� his fleet-footed, fast-food-loving quarry with a naturalist's curiosity and a storyteller's fluency." ." a rollicking, richly drawn history.�he� offers up a parade of eccentric characters who deserve to be in the movies." .".. a rollicking, richly drawn history...[he] offers up a parade of eccentric characters who deserve to be in the movies." "Improbably enchanting... a funny, rodent-centered melange of natural and urban history." .,." a rollicking, richly drawn history...[he] offers up a parade of eccentric characters who deserve to be in the movies." "Engaging...a lively, informative compendium of facts, theories, and musings." -- Michiko Kakutani "New York Times" "Engaging.a lively, informative compendium of facts, theories, and musings." -- Michiko Kakutani "New York Times" "Immensely lively, enjoyable, learned, witty and yes, appealing."--Philip Lopate "Washington Post " "Engaging a lively, informative compendium of facts, theories, and musings."--Michiko Kakutani "New York Times "" "Sullivan persuasively associates the 'truth' he learns about rats with a deeper understanding of both the history of New York City and the essence of mankind." "[Approaches] his fleet-footed, fast-food-loving quarry with a naturalist's curiosity and a storyteller's fluency." "Who knew a book about one of nature's most reviled creatures could make such great bedside reading?" ""Rats" will both entertain and edify you about a part of the world you never thought much about." "Skittering, scurrying, terrific natural history." "The author excels at fluid and witty prose." "Sullivan beguiles us with remarkable tales about an inexhaustible topic." "An urban Thoreau..." "Hugely entertaining." "Eloquent."

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