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War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's…

War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master…

by Edwin Black

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There is lots of good information here, but I had a bit of a problem with the execution. The history of the American eugenics movement is plenty dark without the author's use of words like "disgusting" and "abhorrent." Black has done a lot of good research, but his book is most effective when he shares that information without commentary. ( )
1 vote climbingtree | May 22, 2011 |
This is an excellent book. I am now half way through this book and cannot put it down except to recommend it to everyone. Establishes how eugenics was basically established in the United States years before Hitler's Germany! ( )
1 vote octafoil40 | Dec 18, 2010 |
One of the most amazing/horrific books you will ever read. Should be mandatory reading. Unbelievable what is done in the name of politics masquerading as science sometimes. ( )
1 vote kurvanas | Aug 26, 2009 |
As a placeholder review (I intend to write a fuller review upon completion of the book): War Against the Weak is by turns illuminating, analytical, and completly and utterly crushing. Rationalist/Modernist society has a lot to answer for in our current world. This book catalogs one of the darker periods in Reason.

I never want to hear the saying "Some people just shouldn't breed" as long as I live.
1 vote AmadoG | Jan 29, 2006 |
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To my mother who at present is unable to read this book, but whostill remembers when American principles of eugenics came to Nazi-occupied Poland.
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In War Against the Weak, award-winning investigative journalist Edwin Black connects the crimes of the Nazis to a pseudoscientific American movement of the early twentieth century called eugenics. Based on selective breeding of human beings, eugenics began in laboratories on Long Island but ended in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. Ultimately, over 60,000 unfit Americans were coercively sterilized, a third of them after Nuremberg declared such practices crimes agains humanity. This is a timely and shocking chronicle of bad science at its worst--which holds important lessons for the impending genetic age.
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Explores the connection between the United States eugenics program of the the early twentieth-century and the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany, citing proof that American scientists attempted to create a master race.

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