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The Darwin Experience

by John van Wyhe
Washington (DC): National Geographic Press, 2008. 64 pages.

Reviewer Michael D. Barton describes The Darwin Experience as “[a] beautifully-produced oversized book” equipped with “a varied assortment of facsimiles of primary documents: illustrations, photographs, letters, pages from notebooks, maps, cards, and more,” intended “for the non-specialist interested in gaining a better understanding of a much-misunderstood topic.” Concluding that it provides “a wonderful window into the life and work of Charles Darwin, suitable for newcomers to the topic as well as those already familiar because of its display-like presentation and the illustrations and facsimile documents,” Barton regrets only the absence of transcriptions of the handwritten facsimile documents and a certain neglect of Alfred Russel Wallace.