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Huxley: From Devil's Disciple to Evolution's High Priest

by Adrian Desmond
New York: Basic Books, 1999. 848 pages.

A lively and definitive biography of Thomas Henry Huxley. Not merely Darwin's bulldog, Huxley was also instrumental in promoting the public understanding of science and in establishing science as a profession. Writes the reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, "Desmond moves briskly and wittily through the entertaining events of Huxley's life ... Desmond writes on the public and scientific life with gusto and skill, offering himself up, unwittingly, as a competitor to his subject in the art of inventing one-liners and telling phrases." Adrian Desmond is also the coauthor (with James Moore) of Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist.