• How to Argue with a Racist

  • History, Science, Race and Reality
  • By: Adam Rutherford
  • Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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How to Argue with a Racist

By: Adam Rutherford
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Publisher's summary

The Sunday Times best seller.

As heard on BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.

Racist pseudoscience may be on the rise, but science is no ally to racists. Instead science and history can be powerful allies against bigotry, granting us the clearest view of how people actually are, rather than how we judge them to be. How to Argue with a Racist dismantles outdated notions of race by illuminating what modern genetics can and can't tell us about human difference. It is a vital manifesto for a 21st-century understanding of human evolution and variation and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify racism.

Please note: the updated edition includes a new preface from the author.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Adam Rutherford (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"The ultimate anti-racism guide." (Caroline Criado Perez)

"Seriously important." (Bill Bryson)

"A fascinating debunking of racial pseudoscience." (Guardian)

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Book that justifies its title

This book gives a good overview of the development of scientific racism, and what are the misconceptions that it is based on at a given moment in time.
The author reads the book himself, and through his expertise he gives a good account on what are the flaws in reasoning and what is the alternative worldview that one can use, instead of dividing the variation of humans into arbitrary categories to fuel discrimination.
It's a quick listen, and I wouldn't mind if it was longer and more extensive in some regards, but still gives enough info.

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Good science book undermined by conclusion & title

Excellent explainer on race (psuedo)science. Would not be great in an actual argument with racists.

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