Darwin: Portrait of a Genius

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Penguin, Oct 11, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Helenoel - LibraryThing

interesting short book. Not traditional biography, not exactly history. Johnson looks at Darwin's personal hisstory, and at the effects of his ideas on Darwin's own life and on society. I enjoyed most ... Read full review

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User Review  - carl.rollyson - LibraryThing

By CARL ROLLYSON The 'genius' of Paul Johnson's biography of Charles Darwin is manifestly, impressively apparent in "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection; or, The Preservation of ... Read full review

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Paul Johnson is an acclaimed historian of extraordinary range whose many bestselling books include Socrates: A Man for Our Times, Jesus: A Biography from a Believer, and Churchill. He has written for The Spectator, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many other publications. He lives in London.

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