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Charles Darwin: The Power of Place

by Janet Browne
Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003. 600 pages.

Charles Darwin: The Power of Place is the second volume of Janet Browne's acclaimed biography of Darwin, preceded by Charles Darwin: Voyaging. Browne continues her brilliantly detailed story of Darwin's life, beginning in 1858 with the events that forced him to unveil his theory of evolution by natural selection to the world. The reviewer for The New York Times wrote, "This biography is matchless in detail and compass, and one feels an abiding gratitude that Browne was willing to sacrifice so many years of her life to reconstruct Darwin's." The book won the 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography.