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 kid's books (such as Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be).

These excerpts are still accessible for your delectation:

The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution (University of Chicago Press) by Henry Gee

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

The Atlas of Climate Change (University of California Press) by Kirstin Dow and Thomas E. Downing

The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change (Island Press) by Yoram Bauman and Grady Klein

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

Climate Smart & Energy Wise (Corwin) by Mark McCaffrey

Cold Cash, Cool Climate (Analytics Press) by Jonathan Koomey

Creation: How Science Is Reinventing Life Itself (Current/Penguin) by Adam Rutherford

Darwin: A Graphic Biography (Smithsonian Books) by Eugene Byrne and Simon Gurr

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

The Dawn of the Deed: The Prehistoric Origins of Sex (University of Chicago Press) by John A. Long

Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth (UC Press) by Anthony D. Barnosky

Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change (Bloomsbury USA) by George Marshall

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

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

Evolution: Making Sense of Life (Roberts & Company) by Carl Zimmer

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

Extinction and Evolution: What Fossils Reveal About the History of Life (Firefly Books) by Niles Eldredge

The Flooded Earth: Our Future In a World Without Ice Caps (Basic Books) by Peter D. Ward

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

How to Change Minds About Our Changing Climate (The Experiment) by Seth B. Darling and Douglas L. Sisterson

How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction (Basic Books) by Robert Martin

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

Life's Ratchet: How molecular machines extract order (Basic Books) by Peter M. Hoffmann

Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land (Palgrave Macmillan) by James McClintock

The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy (Columbia University Press) by Michael E. Mann and Tom Toles

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

The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life (Basic Books) by Alan de Queiroz

My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Brian Switek

Nature's Compass: The Mystery of Animal Navigation (Princeton University Press) by James L. Gould and Carol Grant Gould

New Trends in Earth-Science Outreach and Engagement (Springer) by Minda Berbeco and Mark McCaffrey

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

Once We All Had Gills (Indiana University Press) by Rudolf A. Raff

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

Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live (W.W. Norton) by Marlene Zuk

Paleoclimate (Princeton University Press) by Michael L. Bender

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

Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future (Indiana University Press) by Donald Prothero

Rising Sea Levels: An Introduction to Cause and Impact (McFarland) by Hunt Janin and Scott A. Mandia

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

Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins (Yale University Press) by John Gurche

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Henry Holt) by Elizabeth Kolbert

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

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

The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution, Second Edition (Roberts and Company) by Carl Zimmer

The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change (American Meteorological Society) by Robert Henson

The Third Horseman: A Story of Weather, War, and the Famine History Forgot (Penguin Books) by William Rosen

Tools for Critical Thinking in Biology (Oxford University Press) by Stephen H. Jenkins

Waking the Giant (Oxford University Press) by Bill McGuire

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

CONTACT: Robert Luhn, Director of Communications, NCSE, 510-601-7203,

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