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on 13 June 2014
Dawkins calls this his "seminal work", that which he is prodest of and wishes to be remembered for. I do not blame him. On the contrary, it is an excellent extension of the thinking underlying the Selfish Gene, for which he gained his original notoriety. Although you should first read the Selfish Gene, as it will make a more comprehensive understanding of the implications of the view Dawkins expounds easier, the book can also be read on its own. The result -- if you truly understand and start to apply his perspective -- is a very different outlook on behavious, how others effect you and how existance operates. Very worth while read.
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on 19 May 2015
In this fascinating and wonderfully written volume, Dawkins disects and examines the long reach of the gene and looks at the subtle ways in which the behaviour of one species can determine of even define the behaviours of those with which they interact. Symbiotic and exploitative relationships have never been examined more thoroughly. Dawkins descriptions and use of analogy make this a fantatsic read that is easily understood by those with an established knowledge of biology and his writing style makes concepts clear and digetible to the layman. A highly thought provoking read that leads to epiphany and a deeper understanding of the close relationships between the flora and fauna of the natural world.
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on 9 March 2008
I read this one after the 30th anniversary of The Selfish Gene, and though Dawkins states in his intro that he regards this as his best work, I personally prefer the slightly expanded Selfish Gene which takes into account his extended phenotype theory. I guess one further point on this is that there is a lot of repetition between the material in the two works too! He also states that this is aimed at his academic colleagues rather than as a book for the layman but I found the science to be pretty straightforward and commonsense and only needed to check the glossary at the back for about half a dozen words. However, other than those points its pretty much faultless and the plot will keep you gripped to the bitter denoument... I'm certainly looking forward to the sequel!
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on 3 November 2015
Arrived very quick! book helped with University assignment and some good references on genetic behaviours and ethology. Good seller.
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on 10 May 2015
very good, brilliant author
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on 16 January 2015
Another excellent book by Richard Dawkins
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on 12 March 2016
Nice quality copy
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on 20 February 2015
Another superb book by Dawkins
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on 3 March 2014
My goodness - this is a work of genius. There is no other word for it. it is so detailed, so clear.
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on 21 December 2013
If you've read The Selfish Gene, you must read this one right after.
If you haven't, you should.

Read it!
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