16 December 2008

Darwin's Sacred Cause...

Jim Moore is a friend of the Beagle Project and his much-read biography of Darwin (written with Adrian Desmond) is always within arm's reach here at the Beagle Project's Yorkshire outpost. (Beside-the-desk bookshelf, right, Darwin's biog in good company). The Darwin duo are back with another book and this one looks a corker. From Penguin's blurb:
"This book, by Darwin's most celebrated modern biographers, gives a completely new explanation of why he came to his shattering theories about human origins. Until now, Desmond and Moore argue, the source of the moral fire which gives such intensity and urgency to Darwin's ideas has gone unnoticed. By examining minutely Darwin's manuscripts and correspondence (published and unpublished) and covert notebooks, where many of the clues lie, they show that the key to unlocking the mystery of how such an ostensibly conservative man could hold views which his contemporaries considered both radical and bestial, lay in his utter detestation of slavery. Darwin's Sacred Cause will be one of the major contributions to the worldwide Darwin anniversary celebrations in 2009."
Going on previous Moore and Desmond reading it'll be good. The link has an interview with the authors and the book is out on 29th January.

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