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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810949245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810949249
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan Middleton is a photographer specializing in portraits of animals and plants. She is co-author of four books on the world's natural heritage, including Archipelago and Witness. She lives in San Francisco. Mary Ellen Hannibal is the author of Leaves & Pods (Abrams). Her writing has appeared in publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, and Elle. She is the founder of Evolve 2009 and lives in San Francisco.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lionrocksf on December 15, 2009
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Images far more emotional than specimen photographs...ideas far deeper than explanatory captions: this is an exquisite collection of photos and mini-essays that evokes wonder at the complexity and strangeness and sheer randomness of the natural world. The book works at several levels: as a handsome "coffee-table" book (yikes, but it could suffice if you just want to look at beautifully composed images); as a very informative and accessible read on Darwin's ideas and their physical manifestation in nature; and as an ongoing dialogue between a photographer and a writer, each using her particular medium powerfully to convey something splendid to the other, and vicariously to us as the lucky eavesdroppers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edward Hannibal on February 14, 2010
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'Evidence of Evolution' advances the "coffee table book" several generations in both intelligence and design. The art work photography is stunning; the text is captivating. Here is earth's life story, from newborn sea horse to prehistoric tortoise, written in prose both factually accurate and crystal clear, without ever being dull. Finally, a serious science book created to educate and charm the general reader. A timely salute to the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's seminal, On the Origin of the Species, 'Evidence of Evolution' is the ideal gift book for any occasion. -- Edward Hannibal, novelist.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Marks on January 25, 2011
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I have read the other two more positive reviews of this book, and I am in shock & awe! The book has the potential to be quite interesting and informative, and many of the photos themselves are both remarkable and fascinating.

But the text itself is almost impossible to read, because the font is a light grey color against a white background, and so there is almost no discernible contrast. And by the way, my eyes are just fine...the problem is the outrageous book design, notably the font choice.

Thus I cannot recommend this book to Amazon's readers, due to this fatal flaw.
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