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Darwin: A Graphic Biography

by Eugene Byrne and Simon Gurr

Washington (DC): Smithsonian Books, 2013. 100 pages.

Reviewer Daniel J. Glass writes, "Darwin: A Graphic Biography ... is, as its name suggests, a biography of the renowned scientist in graphic novel form, and it can be confidently added to the burgeoning library of such works that can be of great benefit to grade school classrooms learning about science and science history.

Rereading the Fossil Record: The Growth of Paleobiology as an Evolutionary Discipline

by David Sepkoski

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. 432 pages.

“David Sepkoski’s book is the one book that anyone interested in evolution should buy this year,” writes reviewer Kevin Padian. “The reason is that, for the first time, the emergence of the modern science of macroevolution receives its due.  … [I]n a very few years, probably from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, the science of the past experienced a complete revolution, and the questions that were opened and tested are the same ones that are being tested today.

The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood

by David R. Montgomery

New York: WW Norton, 2012. 320 pages.

“David R. Montgomery, a University of Washington geomorphologist, has written an entertaining and very readable book detailing why Flood literalists find so little support in the rock record,” writes reviewer Steven Newton. “Ranging from Mount Everest to the Grand Canyon, from the Creation Museum to ice-dammed Tibetan valleys, Montgomery explains what kind of features a worldwide flood would have created—and why what we see in the real world simply does not match.

The Leakeys: A Biography

by Mary Bowman-Kruhm

Amherst (NY): Prometheus Books, 2010. 181 pages.

While applauding Mary Bowman-Kruhm for her attempt to convey the paleoanthropological contributions of the Leakey family to middle-school students, reviewer Elizabeth Lawlor was unimpressed with the result: “How, then, is it possible to write a boring book about the Leakeys for middle-school students and their teachers?

Darwin the Writer

by George Levine
New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 244 pages.

“George Levine’s fine new book … will certainly assist you in recognizing the beauty of Darwin’s language and convince you of the importance of actually reading Darwin before you start conversing in any depth about his ideas,” writes reviewer Michael Roos. “Levine intends to show us how much of Darwin’s enchantment with the world is inherent in the very language of his great texts, especially The Voyage of the Beagle and On the Origin of Species.

Darwin's Disciple

by Joel S. Schwartz
Philadelphia (PA): Lightning Rod Press / American Philosophical Society, 2010. 806 pages.

Darwin’s Disciple tells the story of Darwin’s younger colleague George John Romanes through his correspondence, annotated by Joel S. Schwartz. “While the collection is not exhaustive—though the full Darwin/Romanes correspondence is included—Schwartz has succeeded in his task,” writes reviewer John M. Lynch.

The Cambridge Companion to Darwin, second edition

edited by M. J. S. Hodge and Gregory Radick
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 548 pages.

Reviewer John S. Wilkins writes, “As the sesquicentenary of Darwin’s Origin of Species in 2009 showed, there is an enormous amount of material one might have to become familiar with if one wants to have an informed view of Darwin, and so a standard reference book is required. This is that book — the second edition of the volume, updated somewhat and with new essays.

Defining Darwin

by Michael Ruse
Amherst (NY): Prometheus Books, 2009. 271 pages.

According to reviewer Brian Regal, “Defining Darwin is another in a long line of works geared towards general audiences to help them understand the various complex issues involved in evolutionary studies and history.

Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards?

by Elliott Sober
Amherst (NY): Prometheus Books, 2011. 225 pages.

Elliott Sober’s Did Darwin Write the Origin>cite> Backwards? contains five chapters, reviewer Doren Recker explains: “on: (1) the

Naming Nature: The Clash between Instinct and Science

by Carol Kaesuk Yoon
New York: WW Norton, 2009. 299 pages

Reviewer Andrew J. Petto writes, “the story of the history and diversity of life is a saga of descent from shared ancestral populations. Therefore, our way of naming organisms ought to reflect those biologic relationships.


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