DARWIN'S ATHLETES focuses on society's fixation with black athletic achievement. Hoberman argues that this obsession has come to play a troubling role in African American life and our country's race relations. Rich, flamboyant superstars lend credence to age-old prejudices, recycled "scientific" theories denigrating black intelligence, and stereotypes of black violence. This portrayal of black identity encourages a disdain for academic achievement already too widespread among black males. Darwin's Athletes is a powerful indictment of modern sport's racial spectacle.
About the Author
Hoberman, the author of Mortal Engines: The Science of Performance and Dehumanization of Sport, lives in Austin, Texas.
"You should buy Darwin's Athletes . . . It's provocative, disturbing, important." The New York Times