Free evolution and climate change book downloads!

Back in late 2009, we started offering free evolution book excerpts on the NCSE web site and via Facebook. (Starting in 2012, we added excerpts from climate change books.) The excerpts—often complete chapters—were culled from a range of tomes, from illustrated versions of the Origin to textbooks (such as Douglas Futuyma's Evolution) to kids books (such as Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be).

These excerpts are still accessible for your delectation:

Am I a Monkey? (Johns Hopkins University Press) by Francisco J. Ayala

Charles Darwin's On the Origin Of Species: A Graphic Adaptation (Rodale) by Michael Keller

Climate Capitalism: Capitalism in the Age of Climate Change (Hill and Wang) by L. Hunter Lovins and Boyd Cohen

The Darwin Archipelago (Yale University Press) by Steve Jones

The Darwinian Tourist (Oxford University Press) by Christopher Wills

Darwin's Lost World (Oxford University Press) by Martin Brasier

Darwin's Armada: Four Voyages and the Battle for the Theory of Evolution (W.W. Norton) by Iain McCalman

Darwin's Universe: Evolution from A to Z (UC Press) by Richard Milner

Evidence of Evolution (Abrams Books) by Susan Middleton and Mary Ellen Hannibal

The Evidence for Evolution (University of Chicago Press) by Alan R. Rogers

Evolution, 2nd Edition (Sinauer Associates) by Douglas J. Futuyma

Evolution, Creationism, and the Battle to Control America's Classrooms (Cambridge University Press) by Berkman and Plutzer

Evolution vs. Creationism, 2nd edition (Greenwood) by Eugenie C. Scott

Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be (Kids Can Press) by Daniel Loxton

Evolution: The Story of Life (UC Press) by Douglas Palmer

Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth (Hill and Wang) by Jay Hosler. Illustrated by Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon

The Evolutionary World: How adaptation explains everything from seashells to civilization (Thomas Dunne Books) by Geerat J. Vermeij

The Fossil Hunter (Palgrave Macmillan) by Shelley Emling

Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company) by Mark Hertsgaard

How and Why Species Multiply: The Radiation of Darwin's Finches (Princeton University Press) by Peter R. Grant and B. Rosemary Grant

In the Light of Evolution: Essays from the Laboratory and Field (Roberts & Company Publishers) edited by Jonathan B. Losos

Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution (W.W. Norton) by Nick Lane

Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins (Palgrave Macmillan) by Ian Tattersall

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming (Bloomsbury Press) by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway

The Missing Link: An Inquiry Approach for Teaching All Students About Evolution (Heinemann) by Lee Meadows

Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk (University Of Chicago Press) by Massimo Pigliucci

The Origin Then and Now: An Interpretive Guide to the Origin of Species (Princeton University Press) by David N. Reznick

Principles of Life (Sinauer Associates) by Hillis, Sadava, Heller, and Price

The Rocks Don't Lie (W.W. Norton) by David R. Montgomery

The Rough Guide to Climate Change (Rough Guides Ltd.) by Robert Henson Richard Conniff

The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth (W. W. Norton) by Richard Conniff

Spider Silk: Evolution and 400 Million Years of Spinning, Waiting, Snagging, and Mating (Yale University Press) by Leslie Brunetta and Catherine L. Craig

Stones & Bones (Polebridge Press Norton) by Char Matejovsky and Robaire Ream

Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Chris Mooney

Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion (Basic Books) by Edward J. Larson

The Tangled Bank (Roberts and Company) by Carl Zimmer

Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place In Nature (Bellevue Literary Press) by Brian Switek

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