Charles Darwin

by Adrian Desmond, Janet Browne, and James Moore
New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. 136 pages.

A slender but authoritative biography of Darwin, written by three of the top Darwin scholars working today, based on the biographical entry from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and published in Oxford University Press's Very Interesting People series. "Having almost a hundred years of Darwin-related research between the three of us, we have managed the unwieldy subject by triangulating between different sides," the authors explain. "This slim book gives a composite portrait." Desmond and Moore collaborated to write Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist, while Browne wrote Charles Darwin: Voyaging and Charles Darwin: The Power of Place.