… the first extensive inquiry to appear in Dutch into the social influence of Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Kees Buijs, De Gelderlander, 1 November, 2003

Hermans gives us an elaborate and very thorough overview of the ideas of these ‘social Darwinists’, who succeeded in misapproprating the theory of evolution for their personal political interests…. [His] most readable study offers a fascinating sampling of these thinkers and men of action from the late nineteenth century, all under the spell of expected downfall.

Marcel Hulspas, Folia, 24 October, 2003