By John Leland
In contemplating the hot domestic that imported species have made for themselves at the continent, John Leland departs from these environmentalists who universally decry the invasion of outsiders. as a substitute Leland reveals that uncovering tales of alien arrivals and assimilation is a extra intriguing—and finally extra beneficial—endeavor. blending common historical past with attractive anecdotes, Leland cuts via complex myths coloring our snatch of the flora and fauna and means that how those alien species have reshaped our panorama is now as a lot part of our shared historical past as stories of our presidents and politics. concurrently he poses questions on which of our accredited icons are actually American (not apple pie or Kentucky bluegrass; no longer Idaho potatoes or Boston ivy). Leland's ode to survival finds how plant and animal immigrants have made the rustic as a lot an environmental melting pot as its famed melding of human cultures, and he invitations us to re-examine what it ability to be American.
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Aliens in the Backyard: Plant and Animal Imports Into America by John Leland