Our 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 risk their lives to 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
manual and manifesto, and it grips like a thriller.
The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins's brilliant first book and still his most
famous, is an international bestseller in thirteen languages. For this new
edition there are two major new chapters.
'learned, witty, and very well written...exhilaratingly