Darwin by Paul Johnson
Portrait of a Genius

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Darwinians, like Napoleonites, are sure to take issue with Mr. Johnson's sweeping conclusions.
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Eminent historian Paul Johnson provides a rich, succinct portrait of Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin is arguably the most influential scientist of all time. His Origin of Species forever changed our concept of the world’s creation. 

Darwin’s revolutionary career is the perfect vehicle for historian Paul Johnson. Marked by the insightful observation, spectacular wit, and highly readable prose for which Johnson is so well regarded, Darwin brings the gentleman-scientist and his times brilliantly into focus. From Darwin’s birth into great fortune to his voyage aboard the Beagle, to the long-delayed publication of his masterpiece, Johnson delves into what made this Victorian gentleman into a visionary scientist—and into the tragic flaws that later led Darwin to support the burgeoning eugenics movement.

Johnson’s many admirers as well as history and science buffs will be grateful for this superb account of Darwin and the everlasting impact of his discoveries.
 

About Paul Johnson

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Paul Johnson is a historian whose work ranges across the millennia and the whole gamut of human activities. He contributes a weekly essay to "The Spectator" and a monthly column to "Forbes", and lectures around the world. He lives in London.
 
Published October 11, 2012 by Penguin Books. 177 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Science & Math, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Carl Rollyson on Dec 14 2012

Darwinians, like Napoleonites, are sure to take issue with Mr. Johnson's sweeping conclusions.

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