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Secord powerfully reminds us that reading is a creative act and that history, quite literally, is only what we make of it.

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Jan 26, Mike Sutton rated it it was amazing. James Secord is without a doubt the leading expert of all time on Robert Chambers's "The Vestiges of Creation" Secord tells us why Chambers' book was so successful, why it was criticized and why its author remained anonymous until after his death. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand a major part of the story about why "evolution was in the air" in the first half of the 19th century.

But in writing this superb and brilliantly scholarly story, Secord failed to see the most important James Secord is without a doubt the leading expert of all time on Robert Chambers's "The Vestiges of Creation" Secord tells us why Chambers' book was so successful, why it was criticized and why its author remained anonymous until after his death.

But in writing this superb and brilliantly scholarly story, Secord failed to see the most important connection between Chambers and Darwin. Because, not only did Darwin meet Chambers, not only did they correspond and not only did Darwin know Chambers was the secret author of "Vestiges" - Chambers had - in - over a decade before he penned the "Vestiges" actually read and cited Patrick Matthew's book that contained the full theory of natural selection.

It seems more likely than not, therefore, that some form of 'knowledge contamination' of Matthew's discovery took place between Matthew and Chambers and then from Chambers to Darwin.

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So much now for the self-serving Darwinist myth - started by Darwin - that Matthew's book failed to influence anyone! If Secord had discovered this crucial fact about Matthew and Chambers then HIS book would have been an international sensation - because according to Darwin no naturalist known to him had read Matthew's book until - the year after Darwin's Origin was first published. Darwin lied! Hopefully, we will see a second edition of Secord's excellent book now that Darwin's cat is out the bag.

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Nov 24, Selena rated it liked it Shelves: read-for-grad-school. While it was nice to have this book tie in everything we've talked about in class, and I understand that it was quite an achievement to get all aspects of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation publication not to mention this is exactly what I want to do with Asian-American history , I found the subject matter quite boring.

I would, however, like to read Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation very much. Apr 14, Shonda Wilson rated it really liked it.

“THE FASHIONS OF THE CURRENT SEASON”: RECENT CRITICAL WORK ON VICTORIAN SENSATION FICTION

My only concrete complaint about this book is that I believe that Secord essentially tries to cover too much in one book, thus making his arguments at times That being said, the connection to reform with the growth of the Victorian print culture It did make me want to study the culture more and I believe his views are on point May 05, Colleen rated it it was ok Shelves: literature. It was very thorughly researched. Only likely to appeal to someonw iwth a deep interest in the history of the idea of evoloution.

I enjoyed it but it was a tough read. Nov 14, Alex rated it it was amazing. Brilliant, masterful, and amazing.

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