Fatal Invention

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Dorothy Roberts is an award-winning author and expert on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues concerning reproduction, bioethics, and child welfare. Her latest book is Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century.

"Roberts is consistently lucid. Her book is alarming but not alarmist, controversial but evidential,  impassioned but rational."  © Publishers Weekly

"This fascinating book is a must-read for those looking for an enlightened discussion of race in the 21st century." © Library Journal 

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

"Named on Ten Best Black Books of 2011 (Non Fiction)" © Washington Afro American & Afro.com

"In a provocative analysis of the emerging fields of personalized medicine, reproductive technologies, genetic genealogy and DNA databanks, law professor Dorothy Roberts warns that the science of genetics in the United States is at risk of being used to obscure racism in society." © Nature 

"Fatal Invention is an eye-opening, urgent, and ultimately inspiring exposé of the new racial science. Essential reading.” © Danny Glover

A terribly important book on how the ‘fatal invention’ has terrifying effects in the post-genomic, ‘post-racial’ era.”  © Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (professor of sociology, Duke University, and author of Racism Without Racists)

“Fatal Invention is a triumph! Race has always been an ill-defined amalgam of medical and cultural bias, thinly overlaid with the trappings of contemporary scientific thought. And no one has peeled back the layers of assumption and deception as lucidly as Dorothy Roberts....You will not be able to put this book down." © Harriet A. Washington (author of Medical Apartheid and Deadly Monopolies)