Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist

by Adrian Desmond and James Moore
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1994. 808 pages.

Writing in Nature, Stephen Jay Gould describes Desmond and Moore's Darwin as "Unquestionably, the finest [biography] ever written about Darwin." A thoroughly scholarly work, Darwin nevertheless reads like a novel, which prompted Anthony Burgess to comment that "[Darwin's] story is told here with the right energy, irony and affection. His example has driven these two learned doctors to the making of a huge work whose permanent value hardly seems to be in doubt." Desmond's other books include The Politics of Evolution; Moore's other books include The Post-Darwinian Controversies; and they recently collaborated again to write Darwin's Sacred Cause.