Evolving: The Human Effect and Why It Matters

by Daniel J. Fairbanks

Amherst (NY): Prometheus Books, 2012. 328 pages.

“This sweeping summary of why the general public should understand the recent evidence for human evolution is an ambitious stab at rectifying the pitiful state of science teaching currently masquerading as modern biological education in many of our schools and universities,” writes reviewer Rebecca L. Cann. She delivers a mixed verdict, praising the treatment of Nikolai Vavilov’s work and of the human and chimpanzee genomes but complaining of the discussion of AIDS and the timing of human evolution: “Overall, this book is a slow read in places and a great read in others. … uneven and pedantic in places, energizing and uplifting in others.”