By John Leland
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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