More than a polemic, though, Darwin's Ghost is nearly as pleasurable a read as its ancestor is--one suspects that part of Jones's mission is to inspire today's readers to turn back to the grand but humble Origin of Species. While he may not be able to quite match Darwin's vast erudition or hawk's eye for detail, he still makes the theory of evolution shudder and breathe on the page. Dog breeding, mass extinctions, and weird fossils of tiny elephants all march to his drumbeat and--just when you least expect it--return to the main point that all living things share a common ancestor. Whether you're one of the elite who's had the pleasure of Darwin's literary company or you'd like a taste of what you're missing, Darwin's Ghost will bring the spirit of the great man back into your world of ideas. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I was looking though for an adequate exposition of the alternative theories of evolution.
I have just reached page 93 of the hardcover edition of this book and have decided, with reluctance, not to read any further.
I found Jones' writing style difficult - full of wit, yes, but often at the expense of clarity.
An excellent rewrite of Darwin's book. He succeeds at updating the content of Darwin's original work.Published 4 months ago by Plato Camus
The progress in biology is so fast that you can wonder if any book published in 1999 is worth reading today. I was pleased to read this one. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Claude Lambert
This was a gift for a friend who has an interest in this topic and has thoroughly enjoyed the book.Published 11 months ago by Sandy Gaines
This book is very clear in explaining difficult concepts. It's not exactly Bill Bryson but there is much to learn from this wonderful book.Published on June 1, 2012 by M. Buisman
Just so you know, Steve Jones has a tendency to copy and paste prose. I used to think highly of his writing. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by ZZT
As an upcoming Advance Placement Biology student, I set out to find the perfect book that would extend any preliminary knowledge I had gained from my freshman Biology course. Read morePublished on August 3, 2009 by Thao Thi Tran
I have just reached page 93 of the hardcover edition of this book and have decided, with reluctance, not to read any further. Read morePublished on October 12, 2008 by Howard Kaplan
Unfortunately, this is not an update to "Origin of the Species," but a layperson's "guide" to developments in evolution biology. Read morePublished on April 18, 2008 by CDaniels
I tend to agree with criticism presented in previous reviews.
I found "Darwin's Ghost" (my first attempt to learn more about Darwin and recent progress on his evolution... Read more