Do we need more books about Darwin? Yes, we do, but only if they are as good as Carl Zimmer's Evolution, which brings the great man's ideas bang up to date.
Zimmer writes in a gloriously clear and lively style.... His coverage is as thorough as it is graceful. This is as fine a book as one will find on the subject.
From the voyage of the Beagle to the latest DNA research on Galapagos finches, Zimmer takes us on a comprehensive tour of the history and implications of evolution...[An] admirable book
Zimmer's book is nothing short of the history of where we might have come from and the myriad possibilities our future contains...a seamlessly graceful guide as much to the history of science as to the history of evolution.
Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea is one of the best and most thorough books about evolution available. Overall, it is very well written, entertaining, lively, and convincing, and it effectively mixes science with human interest to produce a fascinating saga of one of the greatest ideas in history.
Steve Jones, author of Darwin's Ghost: The Origin of Species Updated
This brilliant book is a virtual Voyage of the Beagle. Carl Zimmer's shows, with the benefit of a hundred and fifty years of hindsight, how right Darwin was; and how his great idea has had a triumph more complete than even he could have imagined. Darwin would have loved it: and anyone who wants to know why life is the way it is need look no further.
Matt Ridley, author of Genome: The Autobiography of A Species in 23 Chapters
The evolution of life over four billion years is a grand narrative, full of plots, intrigues, surprises and deaths. Carl Zimmer tells the tale with zest and style.
Donald C. Johanson, director of the Institute of Human Origins and
co-author of Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind
Zimmer's vivid and accessible celebration of Darwin's powerful idea is essential reading for all who wish to know how life arose and diversified. Readers will delight in this engaging book which will leave them with an enriched and profound understanding of the interconnectedness of all life--past, present and future.
David Bodanis, author of E=MC2: A Biography of An Equation and The Secret Family
In reading this excellent book I thought: How pleased Darwin would have been to see his ideas so clearly explained, and to realize how much they're used by researchers to understand our world today.
Robin Marantz Henig, author of The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel
Don't be fooled by the size and beauty of Evolution. This is no mere coffee-table book. Yes, the images are luscious, but even more important is the wealth of information contained here, from Darwin's day to this, as well as the wonderful surprise of Carl Zimmer's eloquent text: clear, spare, erudite, and at all times fascinating