** The Book That Changed America by Randall Fuller

The Book That Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation does talk about the US around the time that Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published, and it does talk about people who read the book (and in some cases wrote about it). But it’s not exactly the case that Darwin’s theory ignited the nation, or even the small circle of Boston intellectuals portrayed in this book. If you are curious about pre-Civil War intellectual discourse in America, this is the book for you. Don’t expect much science out of it.

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