"Named on 10 Best Black Books of 2011 (Non-Fiction)" © Washington Afro American & Afro.com
“ Fatal Invention is an extremely well-written, thoroughly documented, and potentially impactful book. While urging a continued effort to better understand genes and how they work, it challenges us to abandon the politics of biological race and to work to develop the kind of social environments that promote the well-being of all humanity.”
© David Satcher, MD, PhD, Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Director, Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, and 16th Surgeon General of the United States.
“In Fatal Invention, Dorothy Roberts bravely asks if the new genomic and medical research seeking once again to equate ‘race’ with ‘genetics’ fatally refutes the critical scholarship establishing that ‘race’ is not a biological fact, but rather a fallacious and endlessly modified political fabrication created to establish and naturalize social inequality. Taking a hard look at how ‘race’ plays out in pharmacogenetics, DNA ancestry testing, forensic science, and legal cases, Roberts powerfully exposes the insidious conceptual and methodological flaws, politics, and business—including economic incentives—of contemporary ‘race’ science. Her answer could not be clearer: the false equation ‘race = genetics’ continues to thrive not because it is ‘good science’—it isn’t—but because the ideology that ‘race = biology,’ like any ideology, ignores inconvenient evidence. Ably synthesizing new work on the embodied consequences of racial inequality, Roberts offers a bracing antidote to the fatalistic view that DNA determines social structure, identity and health status, and calls instead for new forms of biocitizenship premised on the full democratic engagement of our one human race. This book should be read by any and all grappling with issues of science, social justice, and racial equality.” © Nancy Krieger, PhD, Professor, Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health
“Roberts has issued a compelling and provocative warning: our freedoms are threatened by a new biopolitics that reinforces a false concept of race and turns us into ‘biocitizens’ whose DNA can be exploited both by the government and big business. Everyone concerned about social justice in America should read this powerful book.”
© Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
“Dorothy Roberts has rendered a huge service in drawing together a large and growing literature on the new biologization of race. Professor Roberts synthesizes work from the fields of science and technology studies, the history of science, epidemiology, public health, genetics, and health policy to offer a clear-eyed critique of the new science of race. The book is clearly written and will be of great use in the classroom and for all laypersons concerned about this new wave of racialization. It is must reading for science and health reporters. I congratulate her on this achievement.” © Anne Fausto-Sterling, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Biology and Gender Studies, Brown University, and author of Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality
“Dorothy Roberts’s Fatal Invention is a significant contribution to our understanding of how and why there has been a resurgence of the idea of ‘race as biological’ in the twenty-first century. This book provides a comprehensive and astute analysis that gives new meaning to the idea of ‘co-production’—by carefully piecing together and then explaining how clinical medicine, corporate pharmaceutical interests, and the political science of human molecular genetics have joined forces to resuscitate and legitimize a contested eighteenth-century framework for categorizing humans.” © Troy Duster, Silver Professor of Sociology, New York University, and author of Backdoor to Eugenics.
"Recently however, I had the opportunity of reading her book in its entirety and felt like a kid at the proverbial candy store. I seldom get as excited by a book as I did with this one. This book is full of ideas, innovations, and even racial theory." © Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Contemporary Sociology