As soon as Mr Hermans comes to the real subject of his book, the wanderings of social Darwinism, he shows both erudition and a fluent style …

Bart Leeuwenburgh, Gewina, no. 1, 2004.

Historian Cor Hermans has written a fascinating and highly readable, though rather sizeable, book on social Darwinian thought as it developed from the second half of the nineteenth century onward, mainly under the influence of the work of Darwin himself.

Paul Schnabel, NRC Handelsblad, 1-2 November, 2003