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By John Leland

extraterrestrial beings reside between us. hundreds of thousands of species of nonnative wildlife have taken up place of dwelling inside U.S. borders. Our lawns sprout African grasses, our roadsides flower with eu weeds, and our houses harbor Asian, ecu, and African pests. inaccurate lovers intentionally brought carp, kudzu, and starlings. And the yankee cowboy unfold such alien existence types as cows, horses, tumbleweed, and anthrax, supplanting and supplementing the usually unforeseen methods "Native" americans encouraged the surroundings. extraterrestrial beings within the yard recounts the origins and affects of those and different nonindigenous species on our surroundings and can pay past due tribute to the get to the bottom of of nature to outlive within the face of problem and change.

In contemplating the recent 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 an alternative Leland unearths that uncovering tales of alien arrivals and assimilation is a extra intriguing—and eventually extra beneficial—endeavor. blending ordinary background with attractive anecdotes, Leland cuts via complex myths coloring our grab of the wildlife 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 authorised icons are really American (not apple pie or Kentucky bluegrass; no longer Idaho potatoes or Boston ivy). Leland's ode to survival unearths 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 reassess what it capability to be American.

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