The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
30th Anniversary Edition--with a new Introduction by the Author

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A very interesting treatment of a complex, controversial subject, not to be read lightly but all the more rewarding for that reason.
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The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages.

This 30th anniversary edition includes a new introduction from the author as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews. As relevant and influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought.

Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research.
 

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Richard Dawkins taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley and at Oxford University and is now the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he has held since 1995. Among his previous books are The Ancestor's Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and A Devil's Chaplain. Dawkins lives in Oxford with his wife, the actress and artist Lalla Ward.
 
Published March 16, 2006 by OUP Oxford. 384 pages
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Kirkus

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on May 16 2012

A very interesting treatment of a complex, controversial subject, not to be read lightly but all the more rewarding for that reason.

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Guardian

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on Aug 31 2012

In the 30th anniversary edition, Dawkins all but apologises for the choice, offering other potential labels for the front cover. I'm glad he stuck with The Selfish Gene. To re-read it is to be reminded of what an extraordinary achievement it was.

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New York Sun

Above average
on Apr 23 2008

The benefit to science of "The Selfish Gene" in triggering a new understanding of the magnificent complexity of evolutionary processes must be weighed against the harm the book has done in provoking a backlash against science.

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Helium

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on Feb 22 2008

The skill of Dawkins, as a writer, is that he has managed to convey what is in essence a series of scientific facts in a way that even a layperson can easily understand.

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Helium

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on Jan 08 2007

However, Dawkins' clear and concise writing means that even secondary school students with an interest in Biology will be able to understand it.

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