Gould's first book. A collection of his articles. A cracking good read.
This kind of work is Gould's forte.
A real grab bag mix of subject matter but all told with the same idiosyncratic writing style of a writer born and not made.
Personal claim to fame - the elk skeleton discussed in chapter three is now in a museum not far from me (in Leeds) and has recently been re mounted and put back on display.
Gould picks his subjects seemingly at random, perhaps responding to the misconceptions and false claims of others but in every case uses his careful and reasoned approach to work out a persuasive lesson to be learned.
A must buy.
Now I have read this I can better understand the fuss about Gould's work and his dedicated fans.
Four out of five stars.