Journal of Bioeconomics

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 313–319 | Cite as

Nicholas Wade: A troublesome inheritance: Genes, race and human history

The Penguin Press, New York, 2014, 278 pp, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-59420-446-3
  • Walter E. BlockEmail author
Book Review


This is a fearless and intrepid book. It is a contrarian’s delight. What bubble does it burst? The politically correct view that there is no such thing as race, and, if there is, it cannot be maintained that the different races are unequal in any way. Wade obliterates the view that human behavior is a product, only, of environment; that heredity plays no role at all. For example, he says:

“Scholars ... are not really using culture in just its accepted meaning of learned behavior. Rather, it is a catchall word that includes possible reference to a concept they dare not discuss, the possibility that human behavior has a genetic basis that varies from one race to another ” (p. 184).

Wade (2014) severely criticizes such politically correct scholars as Darren Acemoglu and James A. Robinson,1 Franz Boas, Jared Diamond, Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Lewontin, Ashley Montague, Karl Marx, Steven Pinker,2Jeffrey Sachs, George Bernard Shaw, and such groups as the American...


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