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Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race

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Man's Most Dangerous Myth was first published in 1942, when Nazism flourished, when African Americans sat at the back of the bus, and when race was considered the determinant of people's character and intelligence. It presented a revolutionary theory for its time; breaking the link between genetics and culture, it argued that race is largely a social construction and not c ...more
Hardcover, 6th edition, abridged, 704 pages
Published December 2nd 1997 by Altamira Press (first published January 1st 1960)
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Dan Mortimore
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I skimmed the book, a fifth edition from 1974. Totally comprehensive, combining biology and genetics with the cultural and social, it's pretty impressive. Some political and historical context also backs up arguments and forms the basis of chapters, which is always good too.

Personally, I simply read for more information on the subject of 'race', but Montagu's arguments were convincing in refuting the very idea of racial difference itself. Particularly enlightening chapters: 4. the biological fac
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Mobrazeï
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gave me a good insight into what racism is and when it began
Jacob Russell
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is dated now--before Krick and Watson and the molecular structure of DNA! But a sound refutation of the fallacy of "race." I read this more than 60 years ago--when I was 14 or 15; the civil rights movement was gaining steam. Montagu was an early, intellectual hero for me.
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Required college reading. I remember it being painfully boring but thorough and educational
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a British-American anthropologist and humanist, of Jewish ancestry, who popularized topics such as race and gender and their relation to politics and development. He was the rapporteur (appointed investigator), in 1950, for the UNESCO statement The Race Question. As a young man he changed his name to "Montague Francis Ashley-Montagu". After relocating to the United States he used the name "Ashley ...more

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