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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 3rd edition edition (16 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199291152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199291151
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)
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Dawkins's first book, The Selfish Gene, was a smash hit... Best of all, Dawkins laid out this biology - some of it truly subtle - in stunningly lucid prose. (It is, in my view, the best work of popular science ever written.) (H. Allen Orr, New York Review of Books)

The Selfish Gene is a classic. (Robin McKie, The Observer)

A genuine cultural landmark of our time. (The Independent)

Review from previous edition The sort of popular science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius. (New York Times)

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Anniversary Edition. Voted 'Author of the Year' at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007

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Very interesting and well explained. You may certainly not agree with Dawkins, or his philosophy, but every student of evolutionary biology needs this as an essential scientific perspective to consider.
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Was enjoyable, if it's what you like then you wont be dissapointed, as such i cant comment more than that. product quality was high, original product as expected.
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Interesting, informative. Dawkins always is.
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Great read.
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A well written book for the non-expert to understand quiet a unique viewpoint of evolutionary biology.
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This book is still as good a read as when I first saw it in 1975 but you should be aware that it is probably more controversial now (2015) than it has been for years. This edition came out in 2005 and Prof Dawkins' additional comments in the introduction and the end notes are well worth reading.However since then reasoned academic arguments have been appearing in reputable journals, which oppose the ideas that the book promoted. As a counterbalance you should read EO Wilson " The Social Conquest of Earth" section iii,"How Social Insects Conquered the Invertebrate World" which summarises his and others' arguments against at least some important elements of the "Selfish Gene".
Nevertheless I still like reading it from time time (5-10 year intervals is about right).It is not my favourite of his books...that is "The Blind Watchmaker" ....but it should still be on any educated person's shelf (I n my view) and, of course,Hamilton's theory of "Inclusive Fitness" that "Selfish Gene" was written to explain and support, may still defeat the attacks of it's opponents.
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I believe this book was first published in 1976, it is as insightful now as it was then, the understanding that the gene was the driving force behind evolution, not necessarily the individual or the group, looking at evolution from a different perspective, a gene's perspective, as always Dawkins is able to explain with clarity complicated concepts to the layman hence it's enduring appeal, this book also covers the concept of "Memes" a phrase Dawkins coined to compare units of information spreading culturally just as genes spread biologically. An important book that needs to be read by as many people as possible, A seminal work.
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I have followed Richard Dawkins pretty since the first publishing of this book in 1976. I am already aware of the content' and I have kept myself abreast of the following edition updates. From the very first time I read this exceptional and well ahead of it's time insight to the role of our genes in 'predicting' the future of our lives, but more so the powerful acknowledgement that genes are in humans. the 'prime mover' pretty well in all things. Yes, 'nurture certainly has it's role to play, but in the end we are all product's of our gene's, like it or lump it! When I became aware that the gene that produces a horrific terminal neurological disease called Huntington's Chorea, remains dormant and undetected until late twenties, or our thirties, simply because the 'gene' has the awareness that it's 'continuation' to the next 'generation' is reliant on 'procreation', the gene remains 'quiet' until those years when we are most likely to procreate, guaranteeing it's future. At this moment in time, the only 'cure' is not for the sufferer, (they will die a 'horrific' death,) but the advice given to the 'families' of Huntington's is DO NOT HAVE ANY FURTHER CHILDREN, YOU WILL MOST LIKELY BE SENTENCING THEM TO A TERRIBLE FATE! The gene is cathode down the matriarchal line. That is the only way to eradicate this disease in families that have the genetic marker. STOP your hereditary lineage now! Dawkins reveals the world of our gene's in a very cleaver account, their is no room for emotional biochemistry here! This is indeed nature very much in the raw! Heartless and totally unforgiving! As then years have thundered by, so has nature taken it;s toll. My eyes are not what they used to be, so I invested in this MP3 version of the Selfish Gene, (unabridged,) read by the author and his wife, Lala Ward.Read more ›
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