The Greatest Show on Earth (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

Richard Dawkins transformed our view of God in his blockbuster, The God Delusion, which sold more than 2 million copies in English alone. He revolutionized the way we see natural selection in the seminal bestseller The Selfish Gene. Now, he launches a fierce counterattack against proponents of "Intelligent Design" in his New York Times bestseller, The Greatest Show on Earth.

"Intelligent Design" is being taught in our schools; educators are being asked to "teach the controversy" behind evolutionary theory. There is no controversy. Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence—from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics—to make the airtight case that "we find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a blossoming and flourishing tree of life and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random selection." His unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument, exposing the absurdities of the creationist position, into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master’s vision of life, in all its splendor.

Richard Dawkins
hr min
September 22
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

Nihlist ,


God is dead and Richard Dawkins has killed him! I know this is presumptuous but I shall now refer to him as Sir Richard Dawkins - Godslayer! Excellent book.

strohmy ,

One of the Greatest Evolution Books On Earth

If you really want to understand the broad-reaching implications of and evidence for evolution by natural selection, this is the book to start with. Lucidly written and read by Dawkins himself, with some accompaniment by Lalla Ward to break any possible monotony, The Greatest Show On Earth is as careful, thorough, and illuminating an account of the current state of evolutionary science as any lay reader could hope for.

Due to the current climate of irrational opposition to scientific evidence in our culture, this book spends a fair amount of text specifically refuting some of the anti-scientific claims of evolution deniers, but it maintains its focus on educating the reader in the science itself. The result is a book that is useful for those who would join in the fight to defend science education from its dogmatic opponents, but more importantly, a book that enlightens those who seek to further their understanding with a profound exploration of hard evidence from across all disciplines of the natural sciences.

gnocchi ,

Excellent book, missing the illustrations

Both the book and the reading by Dawkins and Lalla Ward are excellent, but I'm docking it one star for not making the accompanying material available to iTunes buyers. The book often refers directly to a complementary booklet, going so far as to employ a tone to direct listeners to specific graphics, but an electronic version of the booklet is nowhere to be found.

I hope Apple or Prof Dawkins will make these illustrations available in PDF form so audiobook purchasers can enjoy the full experience of the text.

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