By John Leland

extraterrestrial beings stay between us. hundreds of thousands of species of nonnative wildlife have taken up place of dwelling inside U.S. borders. Our lawns sprout African grasses, our roadsides flower with ecu weeds, and our houses harbor Asian, eu, and African pests. inaccurate fans intentionally brought carp, kudzu, and starlings. And the yankee cowboy unfold such alien existence varieties as cows, horses, tumbleweed, and anthrax, supplanting and supplementing the customarily unforeseen methods "Native" americans prompted the surroundings. extraterrestrial beings within the yard recounts the origins and affects of those and different nonindigenous species on the environment and can pay late tribute to the get to the bottom of 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 an alternative Leland reveals that uncovering tales of alien arrivals and assimilation is a extra intriguing—and finally extra beneficial—endeavor. blending average historical past with enticing anecdotes, Leland cuts via problematical 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 historical past 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; no longer 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 reassess what it potential to be American.

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