Darwin by Desmond Adrian and James Moore
The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist

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A biography of the naturalist disputes misconceptions, including Darwin's status as a true scientist, discussing how Darwin concealed his theory of evolution for twenty years, agonizing over its implications and the impact it would have on his social standing.
 

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Adrian Desmond is an Honorary Research Fellow in the BiologyAdrian Desmond is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Biology Department at University College London. He has written num Department at University College London. He has written numerous books on evolution and Victorian science. erous books on evolution and Victorian science. JAMES MOORE has been active in Gurdjieffian circles in London since 1956 and is the author of Gurdjieff and Mansfield. In 1987 he gave the first seminar on Gurdjieff's ideas at Oxford University; and in 1994 he founded the Gurdjieff Studies Group.
 
Published January 1, 1991 by Time Warner Books.
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A sweeping biography in which Desmond (The Ape's Reflexion, 1979, etc.) and Moore (The Post-Darwinian Controversies--not reviewed) illustrate not only the familiar Darwinian thesis that life evolves--that it depends on an interplay of nature and culture and of inherited and acquired traits--but a...

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Adrian Desmond and James Moore’s book links Darwin’s hatred of slavery with his work on natural selection; Adam Gopnik’s compares Darwin’s writing style with Lincoln’s.

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The Guardian

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Darwin's Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England by Steve Jones 320pp, Little, Brown, £20 Darwin's Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins by Adrian Desmond and James Moore 512pp, Allen Lane, £25 Over the past 150 years Darwin has become many people and many opinions.

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Publishers Weekly

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Invaluable for its day-to-day account of Charles Darwin's activities, this monumental biography keenly conveys the English naturalist's struggle to make evolution and natural selection acceptable by presenting them as the bedrock of Victorian middle-class values.

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The Independent

This is a bold book that attempts to turn our view of Darwin upside down.

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London Review of Books

Scientists don’t routinely refer to physics as Newtonianism or claim that ‘everything we know about physics, Newton essentially explained.’ Put aside for a moment whether any of these extravagant claims about modernity-making is even approximately right: not whether Darwin’s specific evolutionary...

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Wired

his critics acted as if he had written about human evolution in On the Origin of Species anyway.) While Darwin provides the central character of the book, though, what really makes Darwin’s Sacred Cause unique is that Desmond and Moore wander far afield to explain the social and political world ...

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The New York Review of Books

Browne details how Darwin shrewdly shaped his image in the Origin of Species by adopting a modest, autobiographical style that produced “a distinctive magic between author and reader.” For example, Darwin made frequent confessions about the most serious scientific problems confronting his overall...

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Project MUSE

This is a particularly strong claim given the recent appearance of John Bowlby's Charles Darwin: A New Life (1990), which also attempts to reinterpret Darwin fullbloodedly.

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