A Terrible Thing to Waste by Harriet A. Washington audiobook

A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind

By Harriet A. Washington
Read by Ron Butler

Little, Brown & Company 9780316509435
10.23 Hours Unabridged
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A powerful indictment of the notion of hereditary intelligence, A Terrible Thing to Waste shows how environmental racism drives the black-white IQ gap and explains what can be done to remedy its toxic effects on marginalized communities. The 1994 publication of the The Bell Curve and its controversial thesis catapulted the topic of genetic racial differences in IQ to the forefront of renewed and heated debate. Now, in A Terrible Thing to Waste, award-winning science writer Harriet A. Washington adds her incisive analysis to the fray. She takes apart the spurious notion of intelligence as an inherited trait, pointing instead to environmental racism -- a confluence of institutional factors that relegate marginalized communities to living and working near sites of toxic waste, pollution, and urban decay -- as the prime cause of the reported black-white IQ gap. Investigating the deleterious heavy metals, neurotoxins, deficient prenatal care, bad nutrition, and pathogens as the main factors influencing intelligence, Washington explains why certain communities are so disproportionally affected and what can be done to remedy the problem. Featuring extensive scientific research and Washington's sharp, lively reporting, A Terrible Thing to Waste is sure to outrage, transform the conversation and inspire debate.

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A powerful indictment of the notion of hereditary intelligence, A Terrible Thing to Waste shows how environmental racism drives the black-white IQ gap and explains what can be done to remedy its toxic effects on marginalized communities.

The 1994 publication of the The Bell Curve and its controversial thesis catapulted the topic of genetic racial differences in IQ to the forefront of renewed and heated debate. Now, in A Terrible Thing to Waste, award-winning science writer Harriet A. Washington adds her incisive analysis to the fray. She takes apart the spurious notion of intelligence as an inherited trait, pointing instead to environmental racism -- a confluence of institutional factors that relegate marginalized communities to living and working near sites of toxic waste, pollution, and urban decay -- as the prime cause of the reported black-white IQ gap. Investigating the deleterious heavy metals, neurotoxins, deficient prenatal care, bad nutrition, and pathogens as the main factors influencing intelligence, Washington explains why certain communities are so disproportionally affected and what can be done to remedy the problem.

Featuring extensive scientific research and Washington's sharp, lively reporting, A Terrible Thing to Waste is sure to outrage, transform the conversation and inspire debate.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The news she brings is grim, but she leaves the reader feeling not paralyzed by despair but determined to act.” Randy Cohen, host of “Person Place Thing” and author of New York Times Magazine‘s “The Ethicist” column

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Author Bio: Harriet A. Washington

Author Bio: Harriet A. Washington

Harriet A. Washington has been a research fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, Shearing Fellow at the University of Nevada’s Black Mountain Institute, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics. She has also held fellowships at the Harvard School of Public Health, Stanford University, and DePaul University College of Law. She is the author of Medical Apartheid, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 10.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English