Galapagos: The Islands that Changed the World
Celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth with this stunning book, a penetrating portrait in word and image of the "enchanted islands" where the biologist’s earthshaking revelations first took root.
This is a big year for Charles Darwin. It’s the bicentenary of the earthshaking biologist’s birth, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his signature work, "On the Origin of Species." Not surprisingly, these events have inspired a raft of new books on Darwin – and renewed interest in the Galapagos Islands, the singular destination where his revolutionary ideas first took root. Of all the Galapagos books I’ve perused, the one I recommend most wholeheartedly is Galapagos: The Islands that Changed the World, by Paul D. Stewart. This eloquent and illuminating book, equally spectacular in word and image, presents a compellingly complete portrayal of the islands: from their geological origins to their complicated human history to the wildlife treasures that inspired Darwin and countless visitors after him. Originally created to accompany the stunning BBC series Galapagos, Galapagos: The Islands that Changed the World stands squarely on its own as a penetrating portrait suitable for wildlife lovers, armchair adventurers, and seaborne visitors alike.
[Galapagos: The Islands that Changed the World, by Paul D. Stewart; published by Yale University Press; softcover; 240 pages; $29.95.]
If you're inspired to make your own Galapagos expedition, consider one of the journeys offered by the following Adventure Collection members: Backroads, Bushtracks, Geographic Expeditions, Lindblad Expeditions, Natural Habitat Adventures, OARS, and Off the Beaten Path.