The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution (Great Discoveries)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jul 17, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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"Quammen brilliantly and powerfully re-creates the 19th century naturalist's intellectual and spiritual journey."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

Twenty-one years passed between Charles Darwin's epiphany that "natural selection" formed the basis of evolution and the scientist's publication of On the Origin of Species. Why did Darwin delay, and what happened during the course of those two decades? The human drama and scientific basis of these years constitute a fascinating, tangled tale that elucidates the character of a cautious naturalist who initiated an intellectual revolution.
  

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Review: The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution (Great Discoveries)

User Review  - Justin - Goodreads

A surprisingly casual read. The "reluctance" from the title is what initially interested me most and so what finally propelled him into action is all the more fascinating. Read full review

Review: The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution (Great Discoveries)

User Review  - Ken - Goodreads

This highly readable book makes Darwin come alive. Quammen has a knack for bringing out little details of Darwin's life that bring him to life. He also manages to give a great explanation of Darwin's view of evolution and the competing views of his day. Read full review

Contents

an introduction
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18421844
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18461851
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18481857
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18581859
154
1860 to the future
206
18761882
236
Source Notes
256
Bibliography
272
Acknowledgments
286
Index
301
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About the author (2007)

David Quammen currently holds the Wallace Stegner Chair of Western American Studies at Montana State University, in Bozeman

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