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Rats by Robert Sullivan
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Jun 21, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2012
Read from June 21 to July 08, 2012

I read this book on a whim and am glad I did. I was expecting it to be pretty straightforward, yet informative, a "I sat in an alley and watched rats and here is what I saw" kind of thing. It is that, but also so much more. Sullivan delves into the history surrounding many different aspects of rats and the surrounding culture. He discusses trapping, exterminating, fighting (I never knew about organized rat fights!), rent strikes, New York and American history, to name but a few. I thought, at first, that I would miss the first-person account, but there was enough of that in the book to satisfy. Definitely an interesting read; I learned way more than I expected to.

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