The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James D. Watson

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The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA is an autobiographical account of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA written by James D. Watson and published in 1968. It was and remains a controversial account. Though it was originally slated to be published by Harvard University Press, Watson's home university dropped the arrangement after protestations from Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins[citation needed], co-discoverers of the structure of DNA, and it was published privately. It has been criticized as being excessively sexist towards Rosalind Franklin, another participant in the discovery, who was deceased by the time Watson's book was written. In 1998, the Modern Library placed The Double Helix at number 7 on its list of the 20th century's best works of non-fiction.

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The 37th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 7th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)
  2. - 33rd on The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century (National Review)
  3. - 100 Most Influential Books of the Century (Boston Public Library)
  4. - 100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction (About.com)
  5. - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  6. - 50 Memorable Books from 50 Years of Books to Remember (The New York Public Library)
  7. - The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years (Parade Magazine)
  8. - The 50 Best Books of the Century (Intercollegiate Studies Institute)

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