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The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life Paperback – 1 Sep 2005

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  • Paperback: 626 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753819961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753819968
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 4.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this extraordinary book, Dawkins turns chronicler. He does so with a clever twist that avoids the perennial problem of evolutionary history-telling ... As a contribution to the history of ideas this book is well worthy of Britain's top public intellectual. The arguments are as sharply honed as we have come to expect from Dawkins (Matt Ridley Guardian)

THE ANCESTOR'S TALE achieves the almost impossible: it makes biology interesting again (Steve Jones)

One of the richest accounts of evolution ever written (Financial Times)

Should be given to all young persons starting out on their exploration of the world. It will excite their curiosity and awe and prove to them that the world is inexhaustible in its fascination (Sunday Telegraph)

No other book I have read has given me such a dizzyingly immediate sense of the vastness and strangeness of the changes brought about by evolution over the eons, or how intimately all life is bound together ... THE ANCESTOR'S TALE makes you feel you have seen the world in a fresh, exhilarating way (Robert Hanks Daily Telegraph)

...Dawkins is unequalled in his ability to express complex ideas in layman's terms without sounding patronising. (Simon Shaw MAIL ON SUNDAY)

more readable than almost anyone else, a master of liquid-clear prose and revleatory pearls of insight. (David Smith THE OBSERVER)

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One of the most brilliant scientists of our age gives us his definitive work: a synthesis of his comprehensive vision of life.

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