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This review is from: This Thing of Darkness (Hardcover)Putting it bluntly this is just one of the best books I have ever read. The author has managed to move an enormous subject along at "thriller-like" velocity. He cleverly utilises a number of stimulating debates between Darwin and Fitzroy to bring home just how radical the thinking of Darwin et al was at that time whilst using real life episodes to highlight the capability of Fitzroy. It is a touch long, but then Fitzroy did a hell of a lot and the author is keen to impress on us that Fitzroy was not just "the Captain of the ship that carried Darwin."
This is entertaining reading for anyone looking for something outside of the normal novel. However, if you are interested in the characters and history in a passive way you'll appreciate it even more, as there is quite a lot of background knowledge taken for granted by the author. If you have read and enjoyed "An Incident at the Fingerpost" by Ian Peers then this is definately the book for you.