An Enjoyable Evolution Primer,
This review is from: River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (Science Masters Series) (Paperback)
This is only the second of Dawkins' books I've read (the first being "The Greatest Show on Earth," which I will eventually get around to reviewing), but I know enough about his writing in general to say that yes, "River out of Eden" is rather light and thin. Still, while it may not be great (as I feel "The Greatest Show on Earth" is), it at least deserves credit for being very good.
In "River out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life," Dawkins explains such things as mitochondrial Eve and how the "dance" of honey bees may have evolved. He also answers a letter from a man who claims to have become a Christian after deciding that nature alone could not have designed a species of orchid that so cleverly attracts a species of wasp. Despite Dawkins' reputation for his vitriolic stance on anything religious (an undeserved reputation that comes with the territory of proverbially taking electric prods to sacred cows, I think), his answer is professional and polite.
Dawkins has an aptitude for using analogy to explain the somewhat complex and abstract nature of the theory of evolution, and his affinity for the "grandeur in this view of life" is contagious. While I might understand why regular Dawkins readers or people well-versed in evolutionary theory may find themselves bored with "River out of Eden," I myself enjoyed it very much, and I would certainly recommend it as an introduction to Dawkins or as a primer on evolution or materialism in general.