The Ants

by Bert Hölldobler and E. O. Wilson
Cambridge (MA): Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1990. 752 pages.

The bible of myrmecology, The Ants is not only a definitive guide to its subject but also a beautifully written study, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1991. According to the reviewer for Nature, “The Ants is a stunningly attractive volume that belongs as much on the coffee table as it does on the lab bench. ... The 20 chapters are organized thematically, and they are written in a clear, accessible and engaging style ... Only Hölldobler and Wilson could have written such a comprehensive and integrated treatment of ant biology. It represents a herculean labour of love, and it sets a new standard for synthetic works on major taxa.”