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Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln, according to Lander (TASIS American School, England), shared more than a common date of birth, Examining their points of view on the subjects of race--and, more specifically, slavery--as well as science and religion, Lander provides an interesting parallel exploration of the intellectual development of both men. However, as the author is careful to note, this work is not a dual biography but a carefully orchestrated reflection of their views, which led "society toward greater freedom of thought" and of "a greater acceptance of human equality." Lander's book, somewhat like Adam Gopnik's Angels and Ages (2009), tries too hard at times to connect two men who never met yet have made a significant impact on modern thought, particularly with its reach to show how "scientific" Lincoln was. Despite sometimes-hearty leaps of faith, Lander reveals, quite nicely, that Lincoln's and Darwin's opinions regarding slavery, race, and religion were more similar than dissimilar. Summing Up: Recommended. General and undergraduate collections.
--D. M. Digrius, Stevens Institute of Technology
— D. M. Digrius