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Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man


bk charlesDarwinCharles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man tells the story of Darwin's life from birth to death, his family, friends, books, accomplishments, and significance to Western thought. The book features 60 black and white and 16 color illustrations, and is published by Johns Hopkins University Press in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publications of On the Origin of Species in 2009.


Praise for Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man:

Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man is the best brief biography on the market.
(Northern Territory News)

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 finebooksmagazine.com)

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 Reports of the National Center for Science Education)

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 Brooklyn Rail)

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.
(Library Journal)