The editors note in the Introduction to this 1995 book, "The Bell Curve gives a sophisticated voice to a repressed and illiberal sentiment: a belief that ruinous divisions in society are sanctioned by nature itself. For many readers the graphs and charts of The Bell Curve confirm a dark suspicion: the ills of welfare, poverty, and an underclass are less matters of justice than biology. The visceral support for Herrnstein and Murray arises from the endless accounts of crime, which note the arrested never knew a father, the mother is on welfare, and the many siblings are either just entering or leaving prison..." (Pg. ix-x) They add, "We should note that our efforts to include an extract from The Bell Curve or an essay by Charles Murray were rebuffed by the author and his publisher." (Pg. xii) This collection includes articles by Stephen Jay Gould, Christopher Hitchens, K. Anthony Appiah, Arthur Jensen, Nathan Glazer, etc.
One essayist note, "If this stuff is really true, it's whites that ought to feel inferior. The same IQ tests ... show white children duller than Asian-American children ... if genes are the IQ destiny that The Bell Curve asserts, shouldn't whites be maneuvering to protect themselves against Asians, given that Asians already outnumber Caucasians world-wide?" (Pg. 35)
Another observes, "Surely the most curious of the sources [Charles Murray] and Herrnstein consulted is `Mankind Quarterly'... Five articles from the journal are actually cited... No fewer than seventeen researchers cited in the bibliography of The Bell Curve have contributed to `Mankind Quarterly'... This is interesting because `Mankind Quarterly' is a notorious journal of `racial history' founded, and funded, by men who believe in the genetic superiority of the white race." (Pg. 126) Richard Lynn, an associate editor of Mankind Quarterly, was singled out in the book's acknowledgements, and his work is cited twenty-four times in BC's bibliography. (Pg. 129)
Another essay states, "It is difficult to see... how the status of blacks and whites can be compared. The very existence of a racial stratification correlated with a relative socioeconomic deprivation makes this comparison suspect." (Pg. 635)
This book is one of the best commentaries on The Bell Curve, along with The Bell Curve Wars: Race, Intelligence, and the Future of America (A New Republic Book), Measured Lies: The Bell Curve Examined, and Intelligence, Genes, and Success: Scientists Respond to The Bell Curve (Statistics for Social Science and Public Policy).