Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century


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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.1 inches | 0.98 pounds

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About the Author

Dorothy Roberts is the fourteenth Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights. She is the author of the award-winning Killing the Black Body and Shattered Bonds and is the co-editor of six books on gender and constitutional law. She serves as chair of the board of directors of the Black Women's Healthy Imperative and lives in Evanston, Illinois.


"Fatal Invention is a triumph!"
--Harriet A. Washington, author of Medical Apartheid and Deadly Monopolies

"This is the best book of the year... If you read one work of nonfiction a year, make this the one."
--The New York Journal of Books

"[Roberts] dismantles the reasons for using race to determine healthy policy and exposes how embedded social assumptions can shape medicine's research agenda and distort science."
--Ms. Magazine

--Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, author of Racism Without Racists

"Devastatingly counters any argument that can be made for a racial view of genetics."
--The Brooklyn Rail

"Alarming but not alarmist, controversial but evidential, impassioned but rational."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Thought-provoking, well-researched, [and] insightful."

"A must-read for those looking for an enlightened discussion of race in the 21st century."
--Library Journal