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The Story of Rats: Their Impact on Us, and Our Impact on Them

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
More than the story of how people and rats live together, this book takes a serious and intriguing look at science and scientists, the problems they solve and fail to solve, and the scope and imperfections of our scientific knowledge of the world. It answers questions such as: Are rats still a threat to human health? Do rats think? Is it true that wild rats sometimes die, ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Allen & Unwin
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Clark Hays
Jun 13, 2015 Clark Hays rated it really liked it
Rats: Restless rodents with complex interior worlds

I read this book on a nonstop flight to DC, a lovely city that — like all cities — has more than its share of rats. On each of my last visits to the District, I’ve seen at least one brazen little Rattus rattus scurrying about. The latest trip was no different, crossing paths with a busy little rat cruising Dupont Circle in bright sunshine, unhurriedly navigating the tourists and chess players and homeless people.

I like rats, at least philosop
Tippy Jackson
Nov 21, 2010 Tippy Jackson rated it it was ok
Shelves: animalia
A few interesting things gleaned from this book, but for the most part very dull. Much of it is stories of lab experiments with domesticated rats. I don't feel the experiments were explained well. They didn't really seem to explain anything at all about rat behavior or intelligence, except that it varies widely depending on the conditions. This, I knew. I suppose it's important to conduct actual research on this, especially since lab rats are used for so many different kinds of research, but the ...more
Feb 28, 2010 Debbie rated it it was ok
My boyfriend and I have now had a fair few pet rats, and he bought me this book as a stocking filler for Christmas. Reading the description, I've been quite looking forward to reading it. I was completely let down by my assumptions of what the book would be, and what it actually was.

The description states:
"The Story of Rats is more than a tale about how people and rats live together."
"It is a book for those who love rats or fear them: for the curious, the science literate and non-literate ali
Aug 30, 2007 Meghan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who are interested in rats
Though filled with a variety of interesting rat stories and facts, I found the writing style to be a bit frustrating due to unnecessary (and blantant) foreshadowing. The author is a bit of a rat expert snob ("back when I was raising wild rats..."), but if I'd devoted my life to the study of rats, I'd likey carry some pride with me as well.

While reading this and waiting for the subway, a rat scurried along the wall on which I was leaning. When it reached my ankle, it banged into it a couple of t
Jan 03, 2010 Amy rated it liked it
This book did not immediately grab me in the way I'd hoped, but something kept me reading. I found the illustrations and photos fascinating and the history of the plague particularly memorable. But most of all you begin to realize that the book is more about the nature of science (and how complex and uncertain it is) more than about rats, though you do learn some interesting things about rats too. It's also about the quirkiness of the author who is very witty in his own esoteric way. 3-4 stars, ...more
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