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Explains the problems posed by living organisms that invade or spread to new places.
Posted October 3, 2001
I picked up Alien Invaders because the subject seemed personally relevant, since we currently are struggling against the incursion of knapweed on our property. Collard's book took me far beyond my myopic viewpoint and introduced me to the global dimensions of the non-indigenous species issue. Most impressive, I think, was that beyond simply documenting the enormity of the problem ¿ which he expertly did through numerous concrete examples ranging from fish to flower, from insect to bird, from virus to genetic engineering ¿ Collard also squarely tackled the difficult questions like how do we define what actually is indigenous (after all, if you go far enough back, nothing is indigenous) and the most important question, what can we do about it now. And on top of all that, Alien Invaders is written with a simplicity and directness which adroitly treads that thin line between watering down the science and swamping the intended middle and high school audience with too much technical verbiage.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.