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Darwin’s Armada: Four Voyages and the Battle for the Theory of Evolution, by Iain McCalman

Those of us who believe we are familiar with Charles Darwin often think of the quiet man who went about his work with little fanfare; a man who was so gracious that when Alfred Wallace sent him a manuscript that seemed to anticipate Darwin’s own evolutionary theory, he arranged a joint reading before the Linnean Society; a man who was so retiring that he relied on Thomas Huxley to be his bulldog in debates. Darwin’s Armada will certainly shake those beliefs free from your mind.