By John Leland

extraterrestrial beings dwell between us. hundreds of thousands 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. erroneous fanatics intentionally brought carp, kudzu, and starlings. And the yankee cowboy unfold such alien existence types as cows, horses, tumbleweed, and anthrax, supplanting and supplementing the customarily unforeseen methods "Native" american citizens stimulated the surroundings. extraterrestrial beings within the yard recounts the origins and affects of those and different nonindigenous species on our surroundings and will pay past due 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 unearths that uncovering tales of alien arrivals and assimilation is a extra intriguing—and eventually extra beneficial—endeavor. blending ordinary background with enticing anecdotes, Leland cuts via difficult myths coloring our snatch 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. at the same time he poses questions about which of our permitted icons are actually 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-examine what it potential to be American.

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