Avise's autobiography is in the same vein; he recounts his childhood and his entry into academic life. . his little bouts of bragging in the book do not make it unreadable. He also describes research he has performed. from coral to birds to turtles. such as E. ) However. Like many scientists who have achieved so much so early in their careers. O. After I was through reading this book. . I gave it to my mother. I have enjoyed reading other scientist's autobiographies. Avise has a healthy ego. and tells stories on graduate students and colleagues. I read this book after citing Avise's work in my thesis and in papers. and Eric Pianka's "The Lizard Man Speaks". I think it is written clearly enough for a non-scientist to enjoy it and to understand the basics of phylogeography. He wrote an autobiography at what age. I must say it was reassuring to read that he had difficulty with funding as a new professor. (Obviously. Geerat Vermeij's "Priveleged Hands"