The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life

The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life

by David Quammen


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ISBN-13: 9781476776620
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 21,174
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

David Quammen’s fifteen books include The Tangled Tree, The Song of the Dodo, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, and Spillover, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. He has written for Harper’s, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review, Outside, and Powder, among other magazines, and is a contributing writer for National Geographic. He wrote the entire text of the May 2016 issue of National Geographic on the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem—the first time in the history of the magazine that an issue was single-authored. Quammen shares a home in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife, Betsy Gaines Quammen, an environmental historian, along with two Russian wolfhounds and a cross-eyed cat. Visit him at

Table of Contents

Three Surprises: An Introduction ix

Part I Darwin's Little Sketch 1

Part II A Separate Form of Life 35

Part III Mergers and Acquisitions 111

Part IV Big Tree 163

Part V Infective Heredity 213

Part VI Topiary 269

Part VII E Pluribus Human 313

Acknowledgments 387

Notes 391

Bibliography 403

Illustration Credits 441

Index 443

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Anonymous 7 months ago
If you wish to choose to read one overview in the field of molecular phylogeny, don't pick The Tangled Tree by Mr. David Quammen. The chapters average fewer than five pages each which is an indication of the lack of a conceptual organization to this book. Chapter 22 is one half page long. There is one memorable sentence with a clause which provides an Albert Einstein anecdote for no apparent reason except that the author happened to think of it. It is almost as pertinent as the photograph which shows several people including the author. The author's style is to "photo bombs" throughout. This book is a hot mess that calls out for an editor.