Darwin’s Sacred Cause

Adrian Desmondand James Moore,   Darwin’s Sacred Cause: How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin’s Views on Human Evolution, Hardcover, Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2009  (List $35.00, Amazon $16.46)

“Arresting . . . confront[s] the touchy subject of Darwin and race head on . . . Adrian Desmond and JamesMoore published a highly regarded biography of Darwin in 1991 . . . the case they make is rich and intricate, involving Darwin’s encounter with race-based phrenology at Edinburgh and a religiously based opposition to slavery at Cambridge. Even Darwin’s courtship of Emma, whom he winningly called ‘the most interesting specimen in . . . → Read More: Darwin’s Sacred Cause