Books by Richard Dawkins

Born and raised in East Africa, Dawkins grew up amid one of the most irresistible bioscapes on Earth. Dawkins came to Oxford in 1959 as an undergraduate, and eventually came under the spell of Niko Tinbergen, the eminent Danish biologist. Author of The St


AN APPETITE FOR WONDER by Richard Dawkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"After delivering an entertaining account of his not-terribly-arduous youth and progression up the ladder of scientific academia, Dawkins ends with the publication of The Selfish Gene, but most readers will eagerly anticipate a concluding volume."
Dawkins (b. 1941), having written best-sellers on his favorite subjects including evolutionary biology (The Selfish Gene, 1976) and atheism (The God Delusion, 2006), turns to the traditional autobiography. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC OF REALITY by Richard Dawkins
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Watch for this to be mooted and bruited in school board meetings to come. And score points for Dawkins, who does a fine job of explaining earthquakes and rainbows in the midst of baiting the pious."
A resounding denunciation of the enemies of science—namely, magical and supernatural thinking. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC OF REALITY by Richard Dawkins
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 23, 2011

"Plenty of well-designed, smoothly integrated special features only enhance this passionate, provocative scientific manifesto. (thumbnail-image chapter and page indexes) (iPad nonfiction app. 11 & up)"
In a terrific example of e-bookmaking, animations, audio clips and interactive demos embellish the full text and already-memorable illustrations of this bestselling take on What Is So and What Ain't. Read full book review >
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH by Richard Dawkins
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 29, 2009

"A pleasure in the face of so much scientific ignorance—biology rendered accessible and relevant to the utmost degree."
Look out, creationists. There's a new sheriff in town, and he talks like an Oxford don. Read full book review >
THE GOD DELUSION by Richard Dawkins
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 18, 2006

"You needn't buy the total Dawkins package to glory in his having the guts to lay out the evils religions can do. Bible-thumpers doubtless will declare they've found their Satan incarnate."
Dawkins's passionate disavowal of religion and his "I can no other answer make" statement that he is an atheist—and why you should be, too. Read full book review >
THE ANCESTOR’S TALE by Richard Dawkins
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 6, 2004

"One of Dawkins's best: a big, almost encyclopedic compendium bursting with information and ideas. "
Borrowing from Chaucer, Dawkins leads a grand tour of all surviving "pilgrims" to a "Canterbury" representing the very origin of life—and what a fantastic trip it is. Read full book review >
A DEVIL’S CHAPLAIN by Richard Dawkins
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 29, 2003

"And evidence, brilliantly presented and celebrated, is what readers will find here."
Collection of mostly previously published pieces that's no déjà vu trip, but a pleasure-inducing voyage into scientific principles. Read full book review >
UNWEAVING THE RAINBOW by Richard Dawkins
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"A sharp mind is much in evidence, delighting in exposing fraud, providing instruction, baiting a colleague, and indulging in his own high-wire acts of evolutionary dreaming."
Dawkins takes to heart his title of Charles Simonyi Professor of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford in this thoughtful exegesis on the nature of science and why its detractors are all wrong. Read full book review >
CLIMBING MOUNT IMPROBABLE by Richard Dawkins
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Wonderful metaphorical trees examined in minute detail (including a tour de force on actual fig trees and their pollinating wasps), but Dawkins's evolutionary forest may be just a bit overpopulated with complex and improvable species."
Dawkins (River Out of Eden, 1995, etc.), who now holds a Chair of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, is at pains in this new work to refute creationists, who have long championed the argument that organs like the human eye could never have arisen "by chance" and that therefore a "Designer" must be at work. Read full book review >
RIVER OUT OF EDEN by Richard Dawkins
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 29, 1995

"An excellent overview of the subject."
Dawkins (Zoology/Oxford Univ.) returns to the concerns of his The Blind Watchmaker (1986), presenting the case for Darwinian natural selection as the only reasonable explanation for biological diversity. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 24, 1986

"A superb exposition of Darwinian theory, but one that misses its aim of laying to rest the perennial doubts about how, exactly, our world came to be."
A zoologist/author (The Selfish Gene) defends Darwin with passion and elegance, but fails to wholly persuade. Read full book review >
THE SELFISH GENE by Richard Dawkins
Released: Jan. 27, 1976

"A very interesting treatment of a complex, controversial subject, not to be read lightly but all the more rewarding for that reason."
Richard Dawkins is an English zoologist who is determined to refute not only the man-is-nasty ethologists like Lorenz or Ardrey but also the E. O. Wilsons who see cooperation and altruism as genetic traits, exemplified even at the level of the social insects. Read full book review >