genes made us. We animals exist for their preservation and are nothing
more than their throwaway survival machines. The world of the selfish
gene is one of savage competition, ruthless exploitation, and deceit.
But what of the acts of apparent altruism found in nature - the bees who
commit suicide when they sting to protect the hive, or the birds who
warn the flock of an approaching hawk ? Do they contravene the
fundamental law of gene selfishness ? By no means: Dawkins shows that
the selfish gene is also the subtle gene. And he holds out the hope that
our species - alone on earth - has the power to rebel against the
designs of the selfish gene. This book is a call to arms. It is both a
manual and a manifesto, and it grips like a thriller.
The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins' brilliant first book and still his most famous, is an international best seller in 13 languages. For this new edition, end notes have been added, giving fascination reflections on the original text, and there are two major new chapters......from the book jacket.
"demonstrates a rare and welcome ability to make
formidably technical findings come alive...highly articulate."