Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History

Author(s): Nicholas Wade


A Troublesome Inheritance draws on crucial scientific breakthroughs that show evidence of recent human evolution. The most provocative claims in the book involve the genetic basis of both race and human social habits. Author Nicholas Wade argues that what we might call middle-class social traits have been slowly inculcated genetically within agrarian societies. Wade believes deeply in the equality of all people but he is determined to investigate what new genetic science shows about how race relates to human history and traits, even if it courts controversy.


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Nicholas Wade received a BA in natural sciences from King's College, Cambridge. He was the deputy editor of "Nature" magazine in London and then became that journal's Washington correspondent. He joined "Science" magazine in Washington as a reporter and later moved to "The New York Times," where he has been an editorial writer, concentrating on issues of defense, space, science, medicine, technology, genetics, molecular biology, the environment, and public policy, a science reporter, and a science editor.

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  • : 9780143127161
  • : Penguin Putnam Inc
  • : Penguin USA
  • : 0.258
  • : May 2015
  • : June 2015
  • : books

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  • : Nicholas Wade
  • : Paperback
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  • : 278