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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An easy introduction to Darwin's life and thought. - Goodreads
A well-researched, well-written, and witty biography. - Goodreads
Quammen is also a wonderful writer. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Carrie Naughton - Goodreads

Perfect. A warm, witty, compact overview of Darwin's life and work. I already want to read it again (I mean, listen to it again - the narration for the audiobook, as performed by Grover Gardner, was excellent). 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  - Jim - Goodreads

A really pleasant account of Charles Darwin's academic life and the process by which he eventually published one of the most impactful books in human history – The Origin of Species, in which he ... Read full review

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Contents

an introduction
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18421844
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18581859
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1860 to the future
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18761882
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Source Notes
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Bibliography
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Acknowledgments
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Index
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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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