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The Voyage of the Beagle

by Charles Darwin, preface by Steve Jones
New York: Modern Library, 2001. 496 pages.

Both as a scientific document and as a travelogue, The Voyage of the Beagle continues to fascinate and delight its readers. The new Modern Library edition contains a preface by the geneticist Steve Jones, author of Darwin's Ghost, who justly describes The Voyage of the Beagle as "the overture to Darwin's career and to the biology of today ... a serious work of science that can be read on many levels; for the power of its observation and its prose, as an insight into the delight of an educated Englishman faced with the new world of the tropics, and, in the end, as a simple tale of travel and adventure with no match in Darwin's century or since."