This is Richard Dawkins’ first memoir about his life and how he became famous and well-known. I remember when I first read The Selfish Gene. It was a book that I read and re-read as an undergraduate at York University..
But what this memoir does the best is that it shows what made Dawkins into the scientist that he became. There are so many stories in the book that will be uplifting to philosophers, scientists, and psychologists alike. I just love to sink my teeth into a book like this.
His book The Selfish Gene caused a shift in the study of biology by proffering the gene-centered view of evolution. It was also in this book that Dawkins coined the term meme, a unit of cultural evolution which has itself become a mainstay in contemporary culture.
In this book, Dawkins shares a rare view into his early life, his intellectual awakening at Oxford, and his path to writing The Selfish Gene. He had an idyllic childhood in Africa with colourful ancestors, charming parents, and the unique attributes of colonial life right after World War II. At the boarding school, his career as a sceptic began. However, it was not until he arrived at Oxford that his intellectual imagination took shape.
This is an intimate memoir that no one will be able to put down once they start reading it.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth