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The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution

by Carl Zimmer
Greenwood Village (CO): Roberts and Company, 2010. 394 pages.

Reviewer Steve Rissing describes the writing of The Tangled Bank as “clear, concise, and very user-friendly,” its science as “remarkably current and complete” and its art as “fantastic [and] surprisingly ample and effectively colorful.” Mildly regretting the lack of attention to Alfred Russel Wallace and to kin selection, as well as a confusing system of references, Rissing was overall enthusiastic about the book, writing that it “should appeal to most people motivated to understand more about evolution, whether because course readings are required or because they just want to understand more about the organizing principle of biology.”