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on September 29, 2012
This is a very good, very long and detailed book. About halfway through the book appears the only thing that most people remember about Wallace -- the Darwin crisis. But there is lots more to go. What a life. It is a good introduction to all sorts of Victorian concerns that I had heard about but never assimilated (the Land Question, for a start). The book is very detailed on Wallace's journeys (though we could have done with some new maps (there are pictures of ones he made). It would be a good thing to read this book in conjunction, at the very least, with Daws and Fujita's recent (and fabulous) Archipelago, about the Islands of Indonesia, which is mostly about Wallace).

The author is interestingly judicious. Many pages are given over to the spiritualist cult and the debunking of it, but the author never steps in personally to say that it is all bunk or all true. He just lays out the story.
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on April 23, 2011
I agree completely with comments about the GREAT movie this book would make.It seems so wonderfully balanced, giving both W&D their due with of course the expected underdog admiration beautifully in place.The author's personality in between the lines and in more obvious places makes this book so delightful to read. I violently disagree with one reviewer's use of the term amateur regarding
Mr.Slotten. Nothing could be more professional in tone and spirit, in substance and style than what unfolds before us in these magnificently wrought pages. Pulitzer Prize material in both
conception and execution. What a read !! I cherish this masterpiece. (Both Wallace and Darwin would have shared the Nobel Prize had such prizes been available in their times.)
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on March 20, 2017
Agenda driven on nearly every page.
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