The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life

Longlist, National Book Awards 2018 for Nonfiction

The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen, book cover
ISBN 9781476776620
Simon & Schuster
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David Quammen

David Quammen’s 16 previous books include The Tangled Tree, a National Book Award Finalist; The Song of the DodoThe Reluctant Mr. Darwin; and Spillover, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and recipient of the Premio Letterario Merck, in Rome. More about this author >

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In The Tangled Tree, David Quammen, “one of that rare breed of science journalists who blends exploration with a talent for synthesis and storytelling” (Nature), chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them—such as Carl Woese, the most important little-known biologist of the twentieth century; Lynn Margulis, the notorious maverick whose wild ideas about “mosaic” creatures proved to be true; and Tsutomu Wantanabe, who discovered that the scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a direct result of horizontal gene transfer, bringing the deep study of genome histories to bear on a global crisis in public health.