This book is truly remarkable. Written in the cool, precise, and accessible language of a traditional biological monograph, the text presents a comprehensive understanding of myrmecology. It is difficult to imagine a relevant topic which is not touched upon in the work.
The large-format book runs to 732 pages, is divided into 20 chapters, and includes a glossary and an extensive annotated bibliography. The text is fully indexed, and includes about one thousand illustrations, photographs, graphs, and charts, and includes 24 full-color plates.
The book is the definitive source of introductory scientific knowledge on ants, and also functions as an authoritative encyclopedic reference for all myrmecologists. The book has been extensively cited in biological and entomological literature, and is often used as the text for graduate-level seminars in biology.
Aside from its use as a research tool the book holds general interest for anybody interested in ants, insects, animals, or biology. Although a fair amount of the text is technical and of an advanced scientific nature, huge sections are fully accessible to anyone with a desire to learn more about natural history and the biological sciences. It makes an interesting cover-to-cover read and also makes a great book to skim through and focus on whatever catches your eye.
Highly recommended, very enjoyable, and a book that you will enjoy owning, reading, re-reading, and referring to for years to come.