While rejecting unequivocally the notion that there is any superior
race, Wade argues that the study of recent revolution holds
information critical to the understanding of human societies and
history, and that the public interest is best served by pursuing
the scientific truth without fear.
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.
"[A Troublesome Inheritance] is a delight to
read-conversational and lucid. And it will trigger an intellectual
explosion the likes of which we haven't seen for a few decades."
--Charles Murray, Wall Street Journal:
"Extremely well-researched, thoughtfully written and objectively argued.... The real lesson of the book should not be lost on us: A scientific topic cannot be declared off limits or whitewashed because its findings can be socially or politically incendiary.... Ultimately Wade's argument is about the transparency of knowledge." --Ashutosh Jogalekar, Scientific American
"Nicholas Wade combines the virtues of truth without fear and the celebration of genetic diversity as a strength of humanity, thereby creating a forum appropriate to the twenty-first century." --Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
"A freethinking and well-considered examination of the evidence "that human evolution is recent, copious, and regional." --Kirkus Reviews
"Wade ventures into territory eschewed by most writers: the evolutionary basis for racial differences across human populations. He argues persuasively that such differences exist... His conclusion is both straightforward and provocative...He makes the case that human evolution is ongoing and that genes can influence, but do not fully control, a variety of behaviors that underpin differing forms of social institutions. Wade's work is certain to generate a great deal of attention." --Publishers Weekly
"Mr. Wade is a courageous man, as is anyone who dares raise his head above the intellectual parapet; he has put his argument with force, conviction, intelligence, and clarity." --The New Criterion