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The writing style is just perfect if you are a layperson
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2016
This book really changed my life. I was always challenged by creationist family asking me "you're not one of those evolutionists, are you?!" And I didn't really know anything about evolution. Finally, I decided to see what it was all about and I began with this book. I found it hard to put down. If you have an interest in the subject, you'll surely find it fascinating. I've since become a big fan of Dawkins, but let me not get too ahead of myself here. The writing style is just perfect if you are a layperson. Dawkins really has a way of guiding you by the hand through the concepts and you almost feel as though you are an expert on the subject after reading it. He MAKES you understand it. Dawkins seems to spend a lot of time on each section, really trying to explain things for the person that doesn't know anything. This takes time, and so the chapters and sections within the chapters can get a bit long, but never dull. You almost get a whole new perspective and appreciation for nature while reading it. I found it to be a great introduction and over-view of evolution. And maybe that isn't giving it enough credit because it's NOT merely an overview as I said he goes into great detail in much of it. I read a review here on Amazon that Jerry Coyne's "Why Evolution Is True" makes for a great companion piece to this. I couldn't agree more. Coyne's book is a little more difficult of a read, but is also shorter and more succinct. To my family and any other creationist that asks, I now proudly exclaim, "yes, I am one of those evolutionists"! I felt like this was one of the most important books I've read and the information in here is just truly amazing. Maybe if you've understood evolution for years, you'd be bored by this. But if you are genuinely curious and really don't know anything and wonder "why are monkeys still here?", this book is definitely for you. I truly felt that it was invaluable and one of the best books I've read. Give it a shot, and if your appetite for more information on this subject grows, check out Dawkins other great books or Coyne's book I mentioned. I hope it changes your life and ways of thinking in as much of a profound way as it has affected me.