2017 Reprint of 1916 Edition. Printed in Color with all the Folding Maps of the Original 1916 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition software. The Passing of the Great Race: Or, The Racial Basis of European History is an early and influential book on eugenics written by the American eugenicist, lawyer, and amateur anthropologist Madison Grant. Though influential, the book was largely ignored when it first appeared; it went through several revisions and editions and retained a following. Grant expounds a theory of Nordic superiority and argues for a strong eugenics program. Grant's proposal to create a strong eugenics program for the Nordic population to survive was repudiated by Americans in the 1930s and Europeans after 1945. Nonetheless it is considered one of the main works in the 20th century tradition of scientific racism and has been described as "The Manifesto of Scientific Racism" and remains topical to this day.