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The Greatest Show on Earth Audiobook

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

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Publisher's Summary

In 2008, a Gallup poll showed that 44 percent of Americans believed God had created man in his present form within the last 10,000 years. In a Pew Forum poll in the same year, 42 percent believed that all life on earth has existed in its present form since the beginning of time.

In 1859 Charles Darwin's masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, shook society to its core. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke. But he surely would have raised an incredulous eyebrow at the controversy still raging a century and a half later.

Evolution is accepted as scientific fact by all reputable scientists and indeed theologians, yet millions of people continue to question its veracity. Now the author of the iconic work The God Delusion takes them to task.

The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design", explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics. Combining these elements and many more, he makes 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."

The Greatest Show on Earth comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is menacing as never before. In American schools, and in schools around the world, insidious attempts are made to undermine the status of science in the classroom. Dawkins wields a devastating argument against this ignorance, but his unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master's vision of life, in all its splendor.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2009 Richard Dawkins; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"If Charles Darwin walked into a 21st-century bookstore and wanted to know how his theory had fared, this is the book he should pick up. Dawkins remains a superb translator of complex scientific concepts....he has a way of making the drollest details feel like a revelation." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Rebekah Hull 07-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good overview of the case for evo theory"

    Provides a good overview of major topics in the defense of evolutionary theory. Expects that many readers don't have a lot of prior knowledge on the subject and explains each concept in a way that's easy to follow. The book covers the reasons why the facts support the theory as well as why they point away from the alternate idea of direct supernatural design. Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward take turns reading throughout, and both of them are very pleasant and expressive narrators to listen to.

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    Brian Tampa, FL 07-28-16
    Brian Tampa, FL 07-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    Would you listen to The Greatest Show on Earth again? Why?

    Yes, I really enjoyed this book. I blows me away that people do not believe in evolution. There is no way the Earth is 10,000 years old


    What other book might you compare The Greatest Show on Earth to and why?

    Don't have one yet.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The discussion on DNA and specifically linking every living thing that has ever existed. Really cool.


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    Dalton Horscroft Salt Lake City, Utah United States 07-17-16
    Dalton Horscroft Salt Lake City, Utah United States 07-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "What an excellent book!"

    This is the kind of book everyone should read or listen to.

    It is very well written, the evidence is certainly there, and you could read this to make up your own mind.

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    "Very good!"

    Lots of great, fascinating material, examples, and case studies! As always, Richard Dawkins and Lala Ward are excellent narrators.

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    S. Ambler Redding, CA United States 06-26-16
    S. Ambler Redding, CA United States 06-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Preaching to the choir."

    While Dawkins has exhaustive subject knowledge, I once again find that he tends to educate in such a manner that will only alienate those of fundamentalist Christianity.

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    kafka madison , WI USA 05-27-16
    kafka madison , WI USA 05-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Evolution by Natural Selection!"

    An inspiring, elegant and beautifully written book that explains and discusses the staggering evidence for the theory of evolution by natural selection.

    Highly recommended for anyone interested in biology.

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    Amazon Customer Fort Collins, Colorado 05-22-16
    Amazon Customer Fort Collins, Colorado 05-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awe inspiring."

    In the words of Christopher Hitchens, "if you want to be awe inspired"...read this book. Contrary to what we were taught in Sunday School, evolution is "the greatest story ever told".

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    Danny Gratrx TONASKET, WA, US 05-14-16
    Danny Gratrx TONASKET, WA, US 05-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "another Dawkins triumph."

    A wonderful presentation of the overwhelming evidence of Evolution by Natural Selection. I just worry that in the US, we are so overwhelmed by the evangelical chrisrians that his arguments and the evidence he presents will be either ignored or blindly denied by the largest segments of our population. Including the education establishment.

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    Kenny 05-06-16
    Kenny 05-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I mean it's Dawkins"

    This book made me understand many of the things I was taught in developmental biology and evolution. I highly recommend this book, especially to anyone majoring in Biology. The entire book is evidence for evolution, it is a huge asset to be able to see evolution at every level. It's also read by the man himself, so it is properly emotive!

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    1vand1ng0 05-02-16
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    "great explanations in very clear english. "

    accessible even for people who speak english as a second language.
    great science explanations in simple english about evolution and the reasons why it is a fact

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