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Science  23 Mar 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5819, pp. 1668
DOI: 10.1126/science.1140436

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The Measure of Merit. Talents, Intelligence, and Inequality in the French and American Republics, 1750-1940. By John Carson. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2007. 421 pp. $39.50, £26.95. ISBN 9780691017150.

Carson explores how two modern democracies have wrestled with the clash between their commitments to equality and scientific claims about disparities in human intelligence and talent.