The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

I’ve read the 30th anniversary edition of The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, one of the many editions of the book. It’s written in such a lovely way, clear, for laypersons, that can appeal to almost everybody. If you read it, is obvious why it is such a popular book for a less than commercial subject. This is the second book I read by Richard Dawkins, the first one being Climbing Mount Improbable, last year.

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

His metaphors are funny, starting with the one on How we were made. The book is made up of small chapters in which a different aspect is talked about. I found some of the details in the book fascinating. For example, the story of the bees and foul brood, a disease that affects bees. Some experiments were made, with some fascinating discoveries.
Lions and antelopes is another topic I found interesting. Especially how Dawkins questions the assumptions we make.

As my blue eyes were a mystery for my family, because both my parents have brown eyes, it was interesting to read about recessive genes. Also, Dawkins mentions that it is the same possibility to resemble an uncle as it is to resemble a grandparent. That was so surprising.

The chapters “Battle of the Generations” and “Battle of the Sexes” are so interesting. The stories of bees and also of the ants that have slaves, agriculture, and livestock (not joking). In fact, all the book is very interesting. I would recommend it, hence the 5 stars rating.

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

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My rating: 5/5 Stars.
Would I recommend it: Yes.
Published by: Oxford University Press
Year it was published: 2006 (First edition published in 1976)
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Non-fiction
Pages: 360

About the author: Richard Dawkins was born in Nairobi in 1941. At 8 he moved to Oxford with his parents. He embraced Christianity until halfway through his teenage years, when he realized the theory of evolution was a logical explanation for life on Earth. He studied zoology at Balliol College, Oxford.
Dawkins was an assistant professor at Berkeley for two years, before returning to Oxford. He taught at New College, Oxford from 1970 and until he retired in 2004. In 2006, he founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.
Other books by him are The God Delusion, Climbing Mount Improbable (a book I’ve read last year),
Website & Social Media Links:, @RichardDawkins twitter account of Richard Dawkins.

2 thoughts on “The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins”

  • This sounds so interesting! I was obsessed with learning about dominant and recessive genes when I was pregnant with my children. My husband has blue eyes and I have brown and I was convinced we would have brown eyed children. Somehow the girls ended up with blue eyes which baffled me as I was certain I had two brown eyed genes, it turned out my Dads eyes were green so he was the weak link, haha!

  • Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve less than a chapter left of my current book so will definately add this to my list

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