I've been a fan of Reaktion's Animal series for a while, although some volumes are better than others. Ant is definitely one of the good ones! Charlotte Sleigh visits science, history, myth, art ancient and modern, film, politics, fiction, and memoir as she journeys through the story of humankind's relationship to these prolific and fascinating creatures. Her ability to pull such enormous amounts of information together in an entertaining but scholarly way is delightful: a small, carefully burnished embodiment of the liberal arts ideal.
TIGER link: QL568.F7 S584 2003