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Journey to the Ants

by Bert Hölldobler and E. O. Wilson
Cambridge (MA): Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998. 304 pages.

If the 750+ pages of The Ants are too daunting, there’s always Journey to the Ants, which provides a briefer treatment for a lay reader. Chapters include The Dominance of Ants, For the Love of Ants, The Life and Death of the Colony, How Ants Communicate, War and Foreign Policy, The Ur-Ants, Conflict and Dominance, The Origin of Cooperation, The Superorganism, Social Parasites: Breaking the Code, The Trophobionts, Army Ants, The Strangest Ants, and How Ants Control Their Environment. “[A] bustling but well-organized ant heap, full of wonders natural and intellectual,” wrote the reviewer for Scientific American.