By John Leland
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 unearths that uncovering tales of alien arrivals and assimilation is a extra intriguing—and finally extra beneficial—endeavor. blending common historical past with enticing anecdotes, Leland cuts via frustrating myths coloring our seize of the wildlife and means that how those alien species have reshaped our panorama is now as a lot part of our shared background as stories of our presidents and politics. at the same time he poses questions on which of our approved 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 re-examine what it capability to be American.
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