• Summary of The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray: Review

  • By: Quick Summary Books
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, originally released in 1996, was a controversial piece of literature in which the authors opine that low intelligence is associated with criminality, unemployment, and other poor life choices and outcomes. Listen to this summary, and learn how IQ is considered the common denominator that relegates some people to the bottom of the social class while others are exemplified as being superior for their exceptional intellect, rising to the top of the social ladder.

Listen as this summary narrative reveals the emerging cognitive elite filling the universities and colleges for nearly a century and the stark divide that separates them from those who are assumingly “less intelligent”. According to the authors, this difference in intelligence levels explains the socioeconomic conditions in America. They provide details for policymakers to institute policies and procedures to mitigate these differences.

This data-driven summary will open your eyes to one explanation for social disadvantage and injustice, text which impacts all areas of American society.

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Interesting Book, Detailed Summary.

I liked the narrator. He delivered a calm and collected summary of a rather controversial book. It’s one of the better books on this topic and I recommend it if you are looking to widen your perspective.

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Fascinating Theories

1 hour in and I am already drawing connections to my experiences and observations in the workplace. I am greatly intrigued at the correlation between intelligence, jobs and work performance.

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Shockingly eye opening

Although listening to this audiobook was a shocking revelation, I am so grateful to the authors for sharing this information. Their theory explains much of what has been going on in society for years. I want to understand better how this theory can be used for policymaking and decisions moving forward that will impact future generations.

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