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

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This groundbreaking book by the acclaimed Dorothy Roberts examines how the myth of biological concept of race—revived by purportedly cutting-edge science, race-specific drugs, genetic testing, and DNA databases—continues to undermine a just society and promote inequality in a supposedly post-racial” era. Named one of the ten best black nonfiction books 2011 by AFRO.com, Fatal Invention offers a timely and provocative analysis” (Nature) of race, science, and politics by one of the nation’s leading legal scholars and social critics.

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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.

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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

Masterful.”
—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.”
Choice

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

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