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Learn the compelling story behind one of scientific history's most controversial books. As Charles Darwin struggled to complete On the Origin of Species, his own life became a model for his theory of "survival of the fittest," with his life's work in danger of compromise, two children lying near death, and his marriage tested. Henry Ian Cusick and Frances O'Connor star in this dramatic tale of trauma and perseverance.
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Humanity's Darkest Hour

By I Fish

from Placentia, CA

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Darwin's Darkest Hour DVD:

I watched the presentation with my wife on PBS. We both enjoyed the shows very much.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


A good story and general introduction

By Tom Donahue

from Grand Haven, Michigan

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Darwin's Darkest Hour DVD:

Well written, well produced and well acted, this story is interesting, especially for someone who doesn't know much about Charles Darwin or the theory of natural selection.

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


Spectacular, Emotional, and Wondrous

By Rob

from Chicago, IL

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Darwin's Darkest Hour DVD:

This was one of the finest dramatizations that Nova has ever done. I don't think a Nova has ever brought tears to my eyes, but this one did. It captured the honorable nature of Darwin and his attempt to get things right before releasing such a game changing theory on the world.

It also shows what horrible tragedies he was going through with the loss of 2 children during this time. We see Darwin the man, not Darwin the "anti-christ" of rabid religious people or even Darwin the Genius Scientist, but Darwin, a man of poor health, great honor, and great abilities.

Equally as impressive is how his marriage is played out and how his religious wife obviously was troubled by his lack of faith, but ultimately loved the man and realized supporting him was more important to her than having him falsely believe in something he couldn't believe in.

To summarize, "WOW". So good.

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