Pretty much anything Wilson writes is well worth reading, and his latest, The Social Conquest of Earth, is no exception Read the master biologist himself in this marvelous book... -- --Michael Shermer
"Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going Those famous questions, inscribed by Paul Gauguin in his giant Tahitian painting of 1897, introduce The Social Conquest of Earth. Their choice proclaims Edward O Wilson 's ambitions for his splendid book, in which he sums up 60 distinguished years of research into the evolution of human beings and social insects. --Financial Times
What Wilson ends up doing is so profound that the last eight chapters could stand alone as a separate book, because what he ends up doing is no less than defining human nature itself. --Robert Knight, Washington Independent Review of Books
The Social Conquest of Earth is one of the supreme examples of evolutionist writing --Literary Review
New York Times Bestseller
From the most celebrated heir to Darwin comes a groundbreaking book on evolution, the summa work of Edward O. Wilson's legendary career.
Sparking vigorous debate in the sciences, The Social Conquest of Earth
upends “the famous theory that evolution naturally encourages creatures to put family first” (Discover
). Refashioning the story of human evolution, Wilson draws on his remarkable knowledge of biology and social behavior to demonstrate that group selection, not kin selection, is the premier driving force of human evolution. In a work that James D. Watson calls “a monumental exploration of the biological origins of the human condition,” Wilson explains how our innate drive to belong to a group is both a “great blessing and a terrible curse” (Smithsonian
). Demonstrating that the sources of morality, religion, and the creative arts are fundamentally biological in nature, the renowned Harvard University biologist presents us with the clearest explanation ever produced as to the origin of the human condition and why it resulted in our domination of the Earth’s biosphere.