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By John Leland

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

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 normal historical past with enticing anecdotes, Leland cuts via challenging myths coloring our take hold of 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. at the same time he poses questions on which of our authorised 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 think again what it capability to be American.

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