I, Charles Darwin: Being the Journal of His Visitation to Earth in the Year 2009


Nickell John Romjue

Nickell John Romjue studied European history and German literature at the universities of Missouri, California, and Heidelberg. He is the author of official published studies of the historic doctrinal and institutional reforms and modernization carried through by the United States Army following the Vietnam War, including From Active Defense to AirLand Battle, The Army of Excellence, and American Army Doctrine for the Post-Cold War. His books are widely used in military education and in many current national stragegic and military studies. His history-themed short stories, collected in Out of the Riven Century and The Black Box: Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, dramatize the great why of the unprecedentedly violent, democidal twentieth century. He is the author of a novel of post-World War II life in a small Midwestern town, Merry Town, Missouri, and a collection of strange and humorous tales, Witches of Devon. He lives with his wife in York County, Virginia.

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Finding himself returned to earth in 2009 on the 150th anniversary of The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin keeps a journal of his fascinating experience. Granted special powers of invisibility and instant travel, he visits the fossil sites, laboratories, and libraries of the world—eager to explore the progress and impact of his world-changing evolutionary legacy. Startling discoveries in science and beyond science await him.

Darwin discovers conclusive, worldwide fossil evidence that animal phyla appeared already fully formed at the very dawn of geological time. He is astonished by the molecular biological revolution and its revolutionary message. He is profoundly shocked by the twentieth century’s great killing regimes—rationalized by brutal new ideologies in a world where scientific naturalism eroded belief in the Creator God of History and a moral code transcending nature.

I, Charles Darwin is a scientific epiphany and a moral parable. Mr. Darwin’s journal is brought to light by an American historian whose many published twentieth-century-history stories dramatize the fierce contradictions assailing the tragic illusion of modern men and women that human existence is an accident of blind nature in a meaningless universe.


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