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“The Genius Factory is a riveting account of a truly bizarre episode in American history–Robert Graham’s crusade to save the human race. David Plotz has written a superb book about the quest for genius, and, ultimately, family.”
–Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point
“I want to start a terrific writers sperm bank, and the first seed I want in the inventory is David Plotz’s. Plotz has it all. He’s an incredible, unstoppable reporter–unrelenting yet always fair and compassionate–and a deft, witty writer. Plotz’s account of the Nobel Prize sperm bank is an absorbing, surprising, deeply human tale of deceit and megalomania, of hopes and dreams and eugenics gone wild.”
–Mary Roach, author of Stiff
“One part detective story, one part cultural snapshot, and one part just plain weird, the tale of California’s infamous Nobel Prize sperm bank is unexpectedly enthralling. David Plotz gives us the science, the business, the ambitions, and most especially the people: from founders to donors to mothers and children. A marvelous and thoroughly engaging read.”
–Atul Gawande, author of Complications
“If it weren’t so disturbingly true, The Genius Factory would be a gripping work of science fiction. David Plotz’s terrific reporting uncovers one man’s quest to ‘improve’ the species and its complex, touching, troubling, very human repercussions.”
–Stefan Fatsis, author of Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players
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Posted May 16, 2010
In a world where we strive for perfection and genetic studies are advancing, the story of the Noble Prize Sperm Bank seems to belong on the big screen. The story, told by David Plotz, follows a few families whose lives were changed when they approached the bank that claimed to hold the sperm of Noble Prize winners. As each of the bank 'babies' stories are told, the true history and workings of the bank are revealed with surprises for both the families who benefited from its 'services', and the donators themselves. The story is a caution towards those parents who wish to create a child from the perfect genes, as well as a insight for the power that parents have on their children.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 7, 2005
One of the first books I've ever read where an idea was actually fully carried out. This book definitely delivers on multiple levels. It's very intriguing and well-written the author is very articulate and focused. I can't believe no one thought about writing this book sooner, but I'm glad they didn't. No one could have written about such a crazy topic as well as the author did here. Definitely recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 9, 2005
In trying to unravel the mystery behind Robert Graham¿s Nobel donors sperm bank and what happened to the ¿genius kids¿, David Plotz gives us all a ¿peak¿ into the reality facing families created with the help of donor sperm. The book is as engaging as any good fiction novel except that the ¿drama¿ is real. It strikes a cord in all of us because while following the ¿genius kids¿ stories it also tries to answer some basic questions: how important really are our genes? Can we shape ourselves and our kids or are we predestined by nature? What makes a ¿family¿ relation? The book is a ¿must read¿ for those who are looking to adopt (or have been adopted) and/or are considering other choices such as donor insemination, egg donation and especially for the million(s) of kids that have been conceived with help of donor insemination, egg donation as well as for anyone that has ever donated to a sperm/egg bank.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 23, 2011
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Posted January 7, 2009
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