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Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man

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Overview

Two hundred years after Charles Darwin's birth (February 12, 1809), this thoroughly illustrated, yet concise biography reveals the great scientist as husband, father, and friend.

Tim M. Berra, whose "Darwin: The Man" lectures are in high demand worldwide, tells the fascinating story of the person and the idea that changed everything. Berra discusses Darwin’s revolutionary scientific work, its impact on modern-day biological science, and the influence of Darwin’s evolutionary theory on Western thought. But Berra digs deeper to reveal Darwin the man by combining anecdotes with carefully selected illustrations and photographs.

This small gem of a book includes 20 color plates and 60 black-and-white illustrations, along with an annotated list of Darwin’s publications and a chronology of his life.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
The ensemble of text and illustrations will render an indelible image of Darwin for those beginning to study him, and evolution, while a brief bibliography points the way to further exploration.
finebooksmagazine.com
A splendid overview derived from a series of lectures, and beautifully illustrated, with a detailed publishing history of all of Darwin's works.

— Nicholas Basbanes

Northern Territory News
Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man is the best brief biography on the market.
Australian Book Review
Berra moves quickly through the life, yet finds time to include telling details, as well as sketches of appealing secondary characters.

— David Lumsden

San Diego Union-Tribune
Berra, a retired professor of evolution who gives popular lectures on Darwin, writes leanly and to the point, but still produces a vivid and detailed portrait.

— Scott LaFee

Choice

This work will be useful for introductory students and the general public... Recommended. All undergraduate and public libraries.

Brooklyn Rail
This jewel box of a book offers an imminently readable tour of the great man. Every spread includes illustrations with fascinating captions.

— Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

Reports of the National Center for Science Education
Berra has done masterful work, providing a lively and succinct account of Darwin's life that will provide an excellent introduction for the new reader who is interested in Darwin as well as a helpful review for knowledgeable Darwin enthusiasts!

— Charles F. Urbanowicz

European Review of History
There can be no doubt that this book will be very warmly received by Darwin enthusiasts because it is a passionate, well-informed, entertaining and colourful introduction to his life and achievements.

— Marta Cunat Romero

finebooksMagazine.com - Nicholas Basbanes
A splendid overview derived from a series of lectures, and beautifully illustrated, with a detailed publishing history of all of Darwin's works.
Australian Book Review - David Lumsden
Berra moves quickly through the life, yet finds time to include telling details, as well as sketches of appealing secondary characters.
San Diego Union-Tribune - Scott LaFee
Berra, a retired professor of evolution who gives popular lectures on Darwin, writes leanly and to the point, but still produces a vivid and detailed portrait.
Brooklyn Rail - Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
This jewel box of a book offers an imminently readable tour of the great man. Every spread includes illustrations with fascinating captions.
Reports of the National Center for Science Education - Charles F. Urbanowicz
Berra has done masterful work, providing a lively and succinct account of Darwin's life that will provide an excellent introduction for the new reader who is interested in Darwin as well as a helpful review for knowledgeable Darwin enthusiasts!
European Review of History - Marta Cunat Romero
There can be no doubt that this book will be very warmly received by Darwin enthusiasts because it is a passionate, well-informed, entertaining and colourful introduction to his life and achievements.
Choice
This work will be useful for introductory students and the general public... Recommended. All undergraduate and public libraries.
Library Journal

Derived from the author's popular "Darwin Days" campus lectures, this succinct biography spans Darwin's life in 15 brief chapters and reads like a museum guide, hitting the high points in an easily assimilated style. The copious illustrations, though, including reproductions of period paintings, title page facsimiles, and many of the author's own photographs, are worth poring over and may hold readers' attention longer than it takes to peruse the text. Patrons who want a quick, no-frills but still authoritative read on Darwin's life couldn't find a better source.


—Gregg Sapp
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801891045
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/2008
  • Edition description: 20
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 842,270
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim M. Berra is professor emeritus of evolution, ecology, and organismal biology at the Ohio State University and a three-time Fulbright grant recipient. He is the author of several books, including Evolution and the Myth of Creationism.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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