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Charles Darwin's foremost biographer, Janet Browne, delivers a vivid and accessible introduction to the book that permanently altered our understanding of what it is to be human.

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A sensation on its publication in 1859, The Origin of Species profoundly shocked Victorian readers by calling into question the belief in a Creator with its description of evolution through natural selection. And Darwin's seminal work is nearly as controversial today. In her illuminating study, award-winning biographer Janet Browne delves into the long genesis of Darwin's theories, from his readings as a university student and his five-year voyage on the Beagle, to his debates with contemporaries and experiments in his garden. She explores the shock to Darwin when he read of competing scientists' similar discoveries and the wide and immediate impact of Darwin's theories on the world. As one of the launch titles in the Atlantic Monthly Press's Books That Changed the World series, Browne's history takes readers inside The Origin of Species and shows why it can fairly claim to be the greatest science book ever published.

"Highly recommended." ---Library Journal

"This excellent introduction is highly recommended for all readers who want to better understand the heated debates that this book still causes today." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"This book deserves the adjectives of praise traditionally used by reviewers to describe masterpieces.... It is wonderful and marvelous, even magisterial." ---Stephen Jay Gould
Publishers Weekly Review

Darwin's Origin of Species

A Biography


Author Janet Browne

Narrated by Josephine Bailey

Publication date Mar 24, 2007

Running time 5 hrs

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