A Genetic Portrait of AmericaBook - 2012
* Of Americans whose ancestors came as slaves, virtually all have some European DNA.
* Racial intermixing appears least common among descendants of early New England colonists.
* There is clear evidence of Jewish genes among descendants of southwestern Spanish Catholics.
* Among white Americans, evidence of African DNA is most common in the South.
* European genes appeared among Native Americans as early as ten thousand years ago.
An unprecedented look into America's genetic mosaic and how we perceive race, DNA USA challenges the very notion of what we think it means to be American.
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This book is a little less scientific than his other books (The Seven Daughter of Eve, or Adam's Curse). It focuses on America and the genealogy and genetic issure specific to the United States of America. There's a lot of boring story telling to wade through to get at the nuggets of information, but if you're interested, or have read his other books it is worth it.
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Describing preparations for a road trip by car from Denver to Pine Ridge Indian reservation:
"Our imagination fired by footage of the grizzlies we would no doubt encounter on the road ahead, we decided we needed something large and solid. We were directed to that section of the lot, and there we definitely found large cars even by American standards. There was a silver monster called the Suburban -- a joke surely since it would have flattened any child it came across playing ball on the streets of the leafy outskirts that movies informed me to expect in all American suburbs. (You could have fitted the suburbs of a small American city into a Suburban and still have had room for the dog.)"
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