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Referring to Lewis Carroll’s Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity’s best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators.

The Red Queen answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture, including why men propose marriage, the method behind our maddening notions of beauty, and the disquieting fact that a woman is more likely to conceive a child by an adulterous lover than by her husband. Brilliantly written, The Red Queen offers an extraordinary new way of interpreting the human condition and how it has evolved.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Excellent, lively…Stuffed with odd and vivid examples…Ridley is an elegant writer who never obscures his argument with jargon.” 

    Newsday

  • “A terrific book: witty and lucid, and brimming with provocative conjectures.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Ridley’s Red Queen is…literary and witty.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “A fascinating book filled with lucid prose and seductive reasoning.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ron | 5/6/2011

    " Problem is, this was published in 1995, so some of it is already outdated, and the valid stuff I've already read elsewhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jesus | 2/7/2011

    " If you liked the selfish gene you will like this, while inferior in many aspects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lucy | 1/10/2011

    " Oh deary me - I tried reading this I really did and it was VERY interesting but then I had other things to do so gave up. I think it's something you could dip in to every once in a while when you feel the need to read something intellectual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tyler | 12/19/2010

    " in depth theories about how sex arose in evolution and the side effects that came with it. interesting but runs a little long "

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