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Essential Reading

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On the Origin of Species

On the Origin of Species

by Charles Darwin | Mayr Ernst

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1975
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

A facsimile of the original 1859 edition of the book that changed our view of the world. (NAT19, $25.50)

Galapagos, A Natural History

Galapagos, A Natural History

by Michael H. Jackson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

This comprehensive guide to the natural history of the Galapagos is practically mandatory reading -- the single best introduction to the geology and climate, habitats, plants, birds, animals, ecology and evolution. (GPS03, $29.95)

Galapagos, World's End

Galapagos, World's End

by William Beebe

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 442 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

This wry, wonderfully evocative account of a 1924 scientific expedition includes an excellent chapter on the human history of the Galapagos. (GPS01, $19.95)

Galapagos Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide

Galapagos Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide

by David Horwell | Pete Oxford

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 156 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

With chapters on visitor sites, history, conservation and habitats, this compact photographic guide introduces birds, reptiles, marine and other life of the archipelago. (GPS38, $22.99)

Evolution's Workshop

Evolution's Workshop

by Edward J. Larson

  • SCIENCE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A vivid history of the Galapagos and the role of the islands as a crucible of evolutionary ideas, written by a Pulitzer Prize winner. Larson covers Darwin and the discovery of the islands, the visits of Hancock and Beebe, the influence of the United States during WWII and the establishment of the national park. (GPS50, $16.95)

 
Ecuador in Focus, A Guide to the People, Politics, and Culture

Ecuador in Focus, A Guide to the People, Politics, and Culture


by Wilma Roos | Omer van Renterghem

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 100 PAGES

This slim guide provides a lively overview of Ecuador's history, cultural heritage and political, environmental and economic challenges. (EDR02, $12.95)

Insight Guide Ecuador and Galapagos

Insight Guide Ecuador and Galapagos


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Presenting the natural history, politics, culture, wildlife and attractions of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with style and authority. (EDR01, $23.99)

Odyssey Guide Galapagos

Odyssey Guide Galapagos


by Pierre Constant

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES

This compact, illustrated handbook by a veteran naturalist-guide covers the geology and geography, history and wildlife of the islands. With 70 sketch maps of landing sites, 180 color photographs and island-by-island descriptions. (GPS20, $24.95)

Charles Darwin Slept Here

Charles Darwin Slept Here


by John Woram

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 441 PAGES

John Woram recounts with verve and humor the human history of the archipelago, featuring a colorful cast of buccaneers, scientists and adventurers. With archival drawings, maps and extensive notes. (GPS71, $27.95)

Voyage of the Beagle

Voyage of the Beagle


by Charles Darwin

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 468 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The wide-eyed tale of a young man on a five-year voyage that changed his life -- and our way of thinking about the world. First published in 1839, it's still a marvelous introduction to the wildlife, nature and allure of South America. (GPS02, $12.95)

The Boy on the Back of the Turtle

The Boy on the Back of the Turtle


by Paul Quarrington

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

Humorist, novelist and family man on a quest, Quarrington offers an entertaining account of a Galapagos voyage in the company of his seven-year-old daughter and 70-year-old father. (GPS65, $14.95)

The Panama Hat Trail

The Panama Hat Trail


by Tom Miller

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • FAVORITE
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

An entertaining and insightful social history of Ecuador -- as told through its hat-making history. It's a classic example of travel writing and one of the best things written on Ecuador. (EDR15, $14.00)

Galapagos, A Novel

Galapagos, A Novel


by Kurt Vonnegut

  • LITERATURE
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 283 PAGES

In this madcap classic, Vonnegut's narrator lives in a future where the human race has been wiped out -- all except for a small group who boarded the "nature cruise of the century" only to get stranded in the Galapagos. (GPS10, $16.00)

Ecology and Evolution of Darwin's Finches

Ecology and Evolution of Darwin's Finches


by Peter R. Grant | Jonathan Weiner

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 492 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

This is a scholarly, readable account by Peter Grant, who has devoted his life's work to the evolution and ecology of these curious Galapagos birds. (GPS44, $41.00)

Galapagos, A Natural History

Galapagos, A Natural History


by John Kricher

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 221 PAGES

A lively, compact natural history of the islands and their role in evolutionary thought. It's a wide-ranging overview that features chapters on human history, geology, setting, Darwin, tortoises, reptiles, birds and sea creatures. (GPS57, $24.95)

Galapagos, The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos, The Islands That Changed the World


by Paul D. Stewart

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Stewart and co-authors, associated with the BBC natural history unit, present the natural and human history of the islands in this wide-ranging, beautifully illustrated book, the companion to the BBC series. (GPS78, $35.00)

Galapagos, The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos, The Islands That Changed the World


by Paul D. Stewart

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • DVD

Also available on Blu-Ray, this stunning three-part BBC documentary captures the rugged beauty, allure, wildlife and history of the archipelago like never before. We also carry the companion book to the BBC series (GPS78, $29.95). (GPS79, $19.98)

Galapagos: Ocean, Earth, Wind & Fire

Galapagos: Ocean, Earth, Wind & Fire


by Jonathan R. Green

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 183 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A handsome portfolio of color photographs by naturalist-guide, diver and photographer Jonathan Green, including an extensive chapter on underwater life. (GPS72, $49.95)

Reluctant Mr. Darwin, An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution

Reluctant Mr. Darwin, An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution


by David Quammen

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Quammen hits just the right note in this sprightly tale of the man, his ideas and their impact, weaving well-chosen anecdote, solid science and travel. (NAT94, $14.95)

The Beak of the Finch

The Beak of the Finch


by Jonathan Weiner

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES

This Pulitzer Prize-winning work is an accessible look at the modern debate on the mode and rhythm of evolution, using the story of Peter and Rosemary Grant and their ground-breaking field work on Daphne Major as an example. (GPS08, $16.95)

Birds of Ecuador, A Field Guide

Birds of Ecuador, A Field Guide


by Paul Greenfield | Robert Ridgely

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 740 PAGES

A comprehensive, gorgeous and exhaustively researched field guide to the birds of Ecuador (and adjacent countries), featuring 96 color plates. It's also the best bird guide for travelers in the Peruvian Amazon. (EDR08, $55.00)

Birds, Mammals and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands


by Andy Swash | Robert Stills

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 168 PAGES

This strikingly compact, comprehensive field guide features 500 color photographs, distribution maps and information on status, habitat and behavior. (GPS49, $30.00)

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Travellers' Wildlife Guides


by David Pearson | Les Beletsky

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 485 PAGES

An excellent guide to Ecuador's wildlife, featuring concise descriptions and color illustrations of 500 frequently encountered reptiles and amphibians, birds, mammals and insects. The Galapagos Islands get a separate chapter and section of illustrations. (GPS34, $29.95)

Flowering Plants of the Galapagos

Flowering Plants of the Galapagos


by Conley McMullen | Ghillean Prance

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 370 PAGES

Indispensable for the botanically minded, this excellent guide features color photographs of 436 species, an overview of ecology and habitats and plant checklists for visitor sites. (GPS40, $39.95)

Galapagos Wildlife

Galapagos Wildlife


by Pocket Naturalist

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and reptiles of the Galapagos. (GPS51, $6.95)

Marine Life of the Galapagos

Marine Life of the Galapagos


by Pierre Constant

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES

Subtitled "A Diver's Guide to the Fishes, Whales, Dolphins and Other Marine Animals," this compact Odyssey Guide features 288 color photographs of fish and invertebrates, maps, plans and dive information. (GPS56, $24.95)

Reef Fish Identification, Galapagos

Reef Fish Identification, Galapagos


by Paul Humann

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 200 PAGES

With its hundreds of well-chosen color photographs and descriptions, this field guide is essential for underwater enthusiasts. (DIV04, $39.95)

Wildlife of the Galapagos

Wildlife of the Galapagos


by Julian Fitter | Daniel Fitter | David Hosking

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

A compact identification guide to Galapagos nature and wildlife, featuring 400 color photographs, an overview of the history, climate, evolution and geology of the islands, and helpful full-color visitor site maps. (GPS47, $19.95)

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