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Rat: How the World's Most Notorious Rodent Clawed its Way to the top Paperback – Apr 15 2006

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books; 1 edition (April 15 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552638081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552638088
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,276,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The very word rat can make your flesh crawl as your mouth curls in revulsion. And with a rat population worldwide that outnumbers humans, there is almost no place to go (except Antarctica) to escape rats. As journalist Langton points out in his introductory chapter, rats can do something most other species of animals cannot--they can compete with humans and win. In this engrossing, quick read, Langton leads the reader through the world of the black and brown rats that have formed commensal relationships with humans. Rats are the main vector for the bubonic plague when their infected fleas leave dying rats and then bite humans. Rats eat our food, helping themselves not only to scraps and garbage but also to our stored grain. On the other hand, rats are extremely valuable subjects for medical research because their internal systems are so similar to ours. In chatty prose, Langton discusses every phase of rat-human interactions. Nancy Bent
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“Does the fun ever cease?” ---The Toronto Star

“A very creepy and entertaining book.” ---John Oakley, AM640 Toronto Radio

“This intriguing exposé into the habits and amazing history of the rat is entertaining and informative.” ---Scribes

“Appallingly informative.” ---Brian Bethune, Maclean’s


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4.0 out of 5 starsAnother book on rats that can't help having editorial content . .
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