The Greatest Show on Earth

Author: Richard Dawkins Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution Published: 2009 I read it: December 2009 It’s Richard Dawkins writing about evolution, what did you expect? Thumbs up for awesomely accessible writing as well as some sweet full-color photos. So yeah, the jabs at creationists don’t…

The Ancestor’s Tale

Author: Richard Dawkins Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution Published: 2004 I read it: July 2008 An excellent and exhaustive tour of evolutionary diversity and history. It’s told from the (arbitrary) perspective of Homo sapiens, and reverses back through time to meet up with the…

Climbing Mount Improbable

Author: Richard Dawkins Type: Non-fiction, single subject Published: 1996 I read it: March 2008 Mount Improbable is Dawkins’ metaphor for wrapping one’s head around the extreme intricacies of evolution: look at the sheer peak and it seems insurmountable, but go around the other side and start up the gradual slope and you can reach the…

A Devil’s Chaplain

Author: Richard Dawkins Type: Non-fiction, essays Full title: A Devil’s Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love Published: 2003 I read it: March 2008 This is a collection of several of Dawkins’ essays. It’s a good read because none of them are really too long, and they cover a range of topics from evolution…

The God Delusion

Author: Richard Dawkins Type: Non-fiction, single subject Published: 2006 I read it: February 2008 This is now my favorite non-fiction book. With unrelenting logic, Richard Dawkins debunks the myth that religion is a necessary and reasonable aspect of human culture. This book is helping me articulate many of my (non-)beliefs. I made an offer to…