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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (February 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1143715284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1143715280
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,120,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Grant's "Passing of the Great Race", although barely known today (except amongst a few Racialists), was, at its time, a big seller. Former President Theodore Roosevelt (himself a Racialist, though more moderate then most in the movement on race) wrote a glowing review for the dust jacket, if I recall correctly. I had the chance of reading it some six months ago, and found, that whilst some information is out of date and some concepts are flawed, many of the core ideas of the book are still sound. It was the first book of its day, to my knowledge, that properly divided the Caucasiod Race into modern categories (by-in-large ignoring the old terms, such as Teutonic and Aryan), although that is one that is partialy out of date. The major arguements of the book are that the Nordic subdivision of the white race are its most productive, but are being bred out (as well as being killed off in the World War[which was a feature of Dr Lothrop Stoddard's "Rising Tide of Color"]) by the 'lower' Europeans, and that a sound Eugenics programme and a reduction in Eastern and Southern European immigration (the massive Third World Immigration wave was not even thought possible at that time). While I tend to disagree with many of the proposals in the book, it was one of the early pillars of Racialism in the 1920s and is still a pretty good read. One word of warning, this book is most certainly not for all tastes. If you are Politicaly Correct, or, for that matter, of modern sensibilities, do not read it. Otherwise, enjoy reading a good, albeit, biased history. R. A. Merryman
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Madison Grant's work is an intriguing summary of racial thought during his day. It was one of the bestsellers. It is, however, not a scientific textbook and should not be treated as such. Dr. Grant, however, was thoroughly knowedgable with a chair in zoology and as the major proponent of ecology in his day as the main force behind establishing Yellowstone. His works, along with others by men like Dr. Lothrop Stoddard heavily influenced future legislation in the 1930s restricting immigration. One reading this book must look at it from the perspective it was written and not by the anti-racist, bigoted perspective we have today.
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36 of 47 people found the following review helpful By T.W. Hagen on September 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"The Passing of The Great Race" was one of the racialist books written between 1855 and 1920 that would strongly influence the the National Socialist Party. The first was Gobineau's "The Inequality of The Human Races", the second was Houston Stewart Chamberlain's "The Foundations of The Nineteenth Century", the third was this one, and the fourth was Lothrop Stoddard's "The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy". Grant was a lawyer and conservationist who was a firm beleiver in the Old Order, free of Bolshevism and Socialism and centered around an Anglo-Saxon culture. Grant always tried to portray himself as more scientific than romantic racial theorists such as Chamberlain, but his theories actually have little scientific basis. For example, his division of Whites into Nordic, Alpine, and Mediterranean Races is anchored only on the basis of Nordic Scnadinavians having blonde hair, Alpine Slavs having brown hair, and Mediterranean Italians having black hair. Even worse is Grant's lack of historical basis. He considers the French, Southern Germans, and Poles to be a mix of Teutonic or Celtic Nordic peoples and dark-haired Alpine peoples who invaded Europe from Asia, but there was never any record of Asiatic peoples reaching France or Germany, at least not after the Celtic period. His classifications of Alpine are also very flimsy. He considers Southern Germans to be of Alpine stock, completely ignoring the fact that Southern Germans speak a Teutonic language and often have Teutonic features such as blonde hair and blue eyes. He also considers the Walloons of Belgium to be Alpine, ignoring the fact that they are descendants of the Celtic Belgae, who the Romans clearly described as being tall with blonde and red hair {sounds Nordic to me}.Read more ›
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Happy Face on September 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Beautifully written and very Prophetic. I am a surprised at the low marks given this book until I saw the "reviews" that are either obscene or misspelled or both. Why do those of low I.Q. believe that a negative review by an idiot lends any weight to their argument?

Was given this book as a gift and would recommend it as an older tome about the White race at it's peak. I believe our best days are ahead of us, not behind; so I do not believe we are "passing". There were those who believed the Greek would pass from the earth beneath the weight of the Persian, but history happened a little differently.
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51 of 74 people found the following review helpful By John P Schaefer on February 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
so many of our books today, have removed words that are 'delicate' to the races that believe these words are unacceptable to todays readers. This book brings to our eyes those differences between the cultures and races that do exist today. I was amazed to find our dictionarys and other reference books, have removed vital words because they want to be discrete and politically correct. This is a fine book for learning what they and others have tried to get us to forget.
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31 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jane Doe on October 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you read Madison Grant's book with anything besides a desire to learn about certain attitudes of the past, then you are wasting your time. It is a fascinating source for the history of racial attitudes during the time of increased immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe. Grant was a member of the eugenics movement and the movement to end unrestricted immigration from the "lower races" of Europe. His book was admired by the Nazi party, which changed Grant's term "Nordic" to "Aryan." I don't like this book because of its content; rather it is a valuable resource for researching racial attitudes of the past in relation to their historical context.
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