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War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race, Expanded Edition Paperback – April 30, 2012
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The book includes the following chapters-
Introduction - explains the role of eugenics in America and the need to give voice to those never born because of its implementation.Read more ›
The book's most dramatic and controversial conclusion is that the American eugenics movement fueled the triumph of Nazism in Germany and thereby helped bring on the Holocaust. As Black writes in his Introduction, "the scientific rationales that drove killer doctors at Auschwitz were first concocted on Long Island at the Carnegie Institution's eugenic enterprise at Cold Spring Harbor." To his credit he provides a great deal of evidence to make his contention plausible, if not totally convincing.
The extremes to which the Nazis took their eugenics--euthansia killings of "unfit" Germans and the extermination of Jews, Gypsies, and others--gave eugenics a bad name from which it never recovered. This important book sheds much needed light on one of the darkest and most bizarre chapters of American history.
Charles Patterson, Ph.D., author of ETERNAL TREBLINKA: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust
But mostly what this well-researched work shows is the importance for standing up for all people and not assuming that any one of us has the right to determine who is fit or unfit to exist.
The cheerleading of the Eugenics movement for the Nazis continued right up through the beginning of World War II in certain scientific journals. After that eugenics became genetics, and the author explores at the end the implications of all this as we enter the age of the genome under the banner of genetic fundamentalism.
I would get this book under your belt asap, and it is also an indirect contribution to the legacy of historical Mendelism/Darwinism/Social Darwinism as these generated the milieu for this phase of Americana Goes Haywire. It can happen here. So watch it.
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A must read for all Americans, especially high school age. Learn real history.Published 5 days ago by lawrence turner
This book is a must read for all Americans. None of this is taught in schools. A real eye opener.Published 9 days ago by walter
This book is a masterpiece! Your eyes will be opened, especially if you know Bible prophecy. I see why Jesus referred to Satan as "the prince of this world".Published 29 days ago by Matthew Z
"The War Against the Weak" is a fitting title for this book, which shines light on the obscure Socialist side of National Socialism. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom Dolan
Black's book undermines the concept of American exceptionalism. The pervasiveness of bigotry and intolerance that has been manifested in America has historical antecedents going... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Edwin Black continues to write and publish books that set the standard for all others. War Against the Weak is a masterful read that is written with strong authority and obvious... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Seymour H. Stadtmauer
A Bible-based review by Don the Baptist of the text “War Against the Weak – Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race” by Edwin Black. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Don the Baptist
Edwin Black seems to specialize in pointing out how other people are bad. I'm curious to know: what is bad about Edwin Black? Read morePublished 5 months ago by andy