In this memoir, Richard Dawkins looks back on his life of tireless intellectual adventure and engagement. He explores the halls of scholarly inquiry and stardom that he achieved after the publication of The Selfish Gene. Richard Dawkins showcases his life in academic, publishing, and television, and the great men and women who he has known throughout his lifetime.
Dawkins also offers a candid look as to why he shifted his attention from the laboratory to the intersection of culture, religion, and science and at many of the primary figures in the merger between scientific and literary field knows to some as the third culture.
This book offers the reader a closer look at the brilliant succession of influential books that grew naturally out of his busy life, highlighting the ideas that connect them and excavating their origins.
Throughout the book, Dawkins shares with us his infectious sense of wonder at the natural world, his enjoyment of the absurdities of human interaction, and his bracing awareness of life’s brevity: all of which have made a deep imprint on our culture.
I have also loved reading Richard Dawkins work. When I was an undergraduate and a graduate student, I devoured his books and read and re-read them. I still have a lot of his books in my home library, and this book will have a firm place on these shelves beside his other books!
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth