Darwin's Ghost

by Steve Jones
New York: Random House, 2000. 416 pages.

It is Steve Jones who is Darwin's ghost: "ghost" as in "ghost writer," as he takes the ideas and concepts from Darwin's Origin of Species and presents them in modern English prose, illustrating his points with modern examples drawn from today's science. The London Sunday Telegraph describes Darwin's Ghost as "a clever book about serious ideas that can be happily read on the beach"; The New York Times Book Review contends, "There are few better or more entertaining accounts of the evolutionary process in print today than Darwin's Ghost." Jones is Professor of Genetics at University College London; his latest book is Darwin's Island.