Named one of New York Public Library's "25 Books to Remember from 2006."
Booklist's Editors' Choice, 2006
"Brilliant... Bruinius' work [is] a masterpiece of American cultural history."
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
“A powerful and engrossing read, as well as a poignant argument for humility, a plea that resonates in these hubristic times.”
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"Bruinius deftly combines analysis of how the American quest for moral and social purity prepared people to accept pseudo-science as a basis for national policy..."
THE NEW YORKER
"Remarkable... a model of the best sort of journalism of ideas, being an impressively researched and well-thought-out cultural history of the horrible crimes committed in the name of an idea—eugenics—that fraudulently posed as a science."
RON ROSENBAUM, NEW YORK OBSERVER
This account of one of
Americas dirty little secrets is that rare thing for nonfiction:
DONNA CHAVEZ in a starred review for Booklist
“Bruinius takes us into the minds of the thought leaders of the time, showing us how otherwise well-respected people could countenance the now-unthinkable act of forced sterilization. . . . Chilling.”
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR