Angels and Ages by Adam Gopnik
A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life

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In this captivating double life, Adam Gopnik searches for the men behind the icons of emancipation and evolution. Born by cosmic coincidence on the same day in 1809 and separated by an ocean, Lincoln and Darwin coauthored our sense of history and our understanding of man’s place in the world. Here Gopnik reveals these two men as they really were: family men and social climbers, ambitious manipulators and courageous adventurers, grieving parents and brilliant scholars. Above all we see them as thinkers and writers, making and witnessing the great changes in thought that mark truly modern times.


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About Adam Gopnik

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Author of the beloved best seller Paris to the Moon, Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. He is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Reviews and Criticism and of the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two children.
 
Published January 27, 2009 by Vintage. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Science & Math, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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New Yorker contributor Gopnik (Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York, 2006, etc.) seizes that day to muse on the meaning of their lives and ours.

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“To this day,” Darwin later wrote in his journal, “if I hear a distant scream, it recalls with painful vividness my feelings, when passing a house near Pernambuco, I heard the most pitiable moans, and could not but suspect that some poor slave was being tortured, yet knew that I was as powerless ...

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In this regard, Lincoln and Darwin were “nearsighted visionaries.” Some of Gopnik’s best pages are extended analyses of passages in which Lincoln, in his great speeches, pursues “the drill of monosyllabic summation — the urge, natural to a lawyer, to say something hard one last time in short, fla...

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As well, Gopnik has an additional ambition for Angels and Ages concerning the power of speeches by Lincoln and books by Darwin to accelerate that modernity via the aesthetic allure and moral persuasion of, in effect, great writing.

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The Washington Post

Although this is Adam Gopnik's sixth book, he is best-known for his charming and intelligent pieces in the New Yorker about almost any and every subject: the process of psychotherapy (which blew me away so completely I wrote him a fan letter about it), the experience of getting married, of having...

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The Telegraph

He teases, returns again, holds back punchlines and concludes dense paragraphs with intense little summary bombs: “We live horizontally, still hoping ahead.” If he has a stylistic fault it is when he pushes too hard for an epigram, as on the importance of tolerance: “Our souls are our...

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Christian Science Monitor

Had they not shared the same birth date, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin would still merit comparative study as twin giants of modern thought.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Bookmarks Magazine

Carolyn See Critical Summary Although Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln never met, Adam Gopnik forever links them in this collection of essays (some of the material first appeared in the New Yorker) that emphasizes the importance of two great men and reevaluates the role of 19th-century thi...

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Oprah.com

The beauty of a perfectly calibrated argument: That's what Adam Gopnik celebrates in Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life.

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Military.com

These essays emerged from the slightest of beginnings: Gopnik, a New Yorker contributor, noticed that Abraham Lincoln, the emancipator of slaves, and Charles Darwin, the liberator of secular man, were both born on 12 February 1809.

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New Scientist

If their lives' work seems unrelated, it is only because the dispute over Darwin's ideas is ongoing and visible while Lincoln's once-disputed convictions - that democracy is a viable long-term form of government - have become ingrained in us to the point of invisibility.

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