"The editors recommend."

Scientific American     full review

"What are Mean Genes?"

LA Times interview

"Fascinating reading"

Boston Globe   


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"Enormously entertaining"

Publishers weekly

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"Read this book for the latest scoop on the evolutionary origins of your sins"

            American Scientist

"A self-help book for the merely average human being"

            Washington Post full review

"Incisive, compact writing ... an excellent tool for students"

            Nature Genetics

"Tips on problematic behaviors."

            The New Yorker

"Today, the hunter-gatherer orders a pizza"

            San Diego Union Tribune review full article

"manipulate ourselves to be healthy, moderate and moral"

            NY Post full article

"Fascinating reading"

            Amazon.com full review  read an interview

"We can overcome biology and act the way we know we should."



Booklist full review

 "Accessible...comprehensive...encouragingly helpful"

Boston Herald full review

"a fascinating read" "not some corny self-help book"

            Beer.com! full review

"deeply thoughtful and at the same time entertaining"

            The Citizen, Harvard’s Kennedy School Newspaper full review

"A sly and informed discussion of the human animal"

Kirkus Reviews full review


            Library Journal full review

"a fascinating look at our aboriginal dark side"

BookPage full review

"Burnham and Phelan explore a host of deadly sins"

            Science News full review

 "Just great reading!"

BookViews full review

 "Mean Genes is brilliant—well-grounded evolutionary biology, clear-eyed realism, and advice that is both practical and moral. Delightfully readable."

E.O. Wilson, author of On Human Nature and Consilience


"Warning! You will not be able to put this book down! It will change your life. A witty, wise, and irreverent work by two highly regarded scholars."

Irven DeVore, Professor of Anthropology and Biology, Harvard University


"In Mean Genes, Charles Darwin meets Dear Abby. Humorous, startling and provocative, Mean Genes offers expert behavioral science and a radical view of the meaning of life."

Richard Wrangham, co-author of Demonic Males


"Hip, fun, and packed with attitude, Mean Genes is a laser-guided surgical strike in the self-control battles we fight every day. Burnham and Phelan not only unmask the devil inside us, they hand us the tools to disarm him."

Robert Frank, Professor of Economics, Cornell University, and author of Luxury Fever