War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race

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In War Against the Weak, award-winning investigative journalist Edwin Black connects the crimes of the Nazis to a pseudoscientific American movement of the early twentieth century called eugenics. Based on selective breeding of human beings, eugenics began in laboratories on Long Island but ended in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. Ultimately, over 60,000 unfit Americans were coercively sterilized, a third of them after Nuremberg declared such practices crimes agains humanity. This is a timely and shocking chronicle of bad science at its worst—which holds important lessons for the impending genetic age.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780914153054
  • Publisher: Dialog Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Edwin Black is the award-winning, New York Times and international investigative author of 80 bestselling editions in 14 languages in 61 countries, as well as scores of newspaper and magazine articles in the leading publications of the United States, Europe and Israel. With a million books in print, his work focuses on genocide and hate, corporate criminality and corruption, governmental misconduct, academic fraud, philanthropy abuse, oil addiction, alternative energy and historical investigation. Editors have submitted Black's work nine times for Pulitzer Prize nomination, and in recent years he has been the recipient of a series of top editorial awards. He has also contributed to a number of anthologies worldwide. For his work, Black has been interviewed on hundreds of network broadcasts from Oprah, the Today Show, CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports and NBC Dateline in the US to the leading networks of Europe and Latin American. His works have been the subject of numerous documentaries, here and abroad. All of his books have been optioned by Hollywood for film, with three in active production. His latest film is the screen adaptation War Against the Weak, based on his book of the same name. Black's speaking tours include hundreds of events in dozens of cities each year, appearing at prestigious venues from the Library of Congress in Washington to the Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Los Angeles in America, and in Europe from London's British War Museum and Amsterdam's Institute for War Documentation to Munich's Carl Orff Hall. He is the editor of The Cutting Edge News, which receives more than 1.5 million visits monthly.

Black's ten award-winning bestselling books are IBM and the Holocaust (2001), British Petroleum and the Redline Agreement (2011), The Farhud (2010), Nazi Nexus (2009), The Plan (2008), Internal Combustion (2006), Banking on Baghdad (2004), War Against the Weak (2003), The Transfer Agreement (1984), and a 1999 novel, Format C:. His enterprise and investigative writings have appeared in scores of newspapers from the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune to the Sunday Times of London, Frankfurter Zeitung and the Jerusalem Post, as well as scores of magazines as diverse as Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Reform Judaism, Der Spiegel, L'Express, BusinessWeek and American Bar Association Journal. Black's articles are syndicated worldwide by Los Angeles Times Syndicate International, Los Angeles Times-Washington Post Syndicate, JTA and Feature Group News Service.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xv

Part 1 From Peapod to Persecution

Chapter 1 Mountain Sweeps 3

Chapter 2 Evolutions 9

Chapter 3 America's National Biology 21

Chapter 4 Hunting the Unfit 43

Chapter 5 Legitimizing Raceology 63

Chapter 6 The United States of Sterilization 87

Chapter 7 Birth Control 125

Chapter 8 Blinded 145

Chapter 9 Mongrelization 159

Part 2 Eugenicide

Chapter 10 Origins 185

Chapter 11 Britain's Crusade 207

Chapter 12 Eugenic Imperialism 235

Chapter 13 Eugenicide 247

Chapter 14 Rasse und Blut 261

Chapter 15 Hitler's Eugenic Reich 279

Chapter 16 Buchenwald 319

Chapter 17 Auschwitz 337

Part 3 Newgenics

Chapter 18 From Ashes to Aftermath 375

Chapter 19 American Legacy 385

Chapter 20 Eugenics Becomes Genetics 411

Chapter 21 Newgenics 427

Notes 445

Major Sources 505

Index 519

Appendix: Connecticut and North Carolina 551

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