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extraterrestrial beings stay between us. millions of species of nonnative natural world 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, eu, and African pests. inaccurate fanatics intentionally brought carp, kudzu, and starlings. And the yank cowboy unfold such alien existence varieties as cows, horses, tumbleweed, and anthrax, supplanting and supplementing the usually unforeseen methods "Native" americans stimulated the surroundings. extraterrestrial beings within the yard recounts the origins and affects of those and different nonindigenous species on our surroundings and can pay past due tribute to the get to the bottom of of nature to outlive within the face of problem and change.

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 a substitute Leland unearths that uncovering tales of alien arrivals and assimilation is a extra intriguing—and eventually extra beneficial—endeavor. blending usual background with attractive anecdotes, Leland cuts via not easy myths coloring our grab of the flora and fauna and means that how those alien species have reshaped our panorama is now as a lot part of our shared history as stories of our presidents and politics. concurrently he poses questions on which of our permitted icons are really American (not apple pie or Kentucky bluegrass; now not 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 re-evaluate what it capability to be American.

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