The invaders

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Science  27 Oct 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6362, pp. 454
DOI: 10.1126/science.aao3574

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When you gaze out your window, what do you see? Reading Leslie Anthony's new book might change your answer. In The Aliens Among Us, Anthony, a biologist and jour­nalist, weaves together stories of invasive species that range from those in the headlines (e.g., pythons in the Everglades) to those that have become part of the everyday lives of most North Americans, such as European earthworms and starlings. In doing so, he in­troduces the essential concepts of a field that is becoming a ma­jor branch of study—and not a moment too soon.