Free Press, 1980. Hardcover. Item #222722
786 pages. A massive defense of the intelligence test and the lack of bias in them. Second printing. A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. From the Harvard office library of Stephen Jay Gould, who devotes the epilogue to chapter six of The Mismeasure of Man to a critique of Jensen's book, which appeared just as Gould was finishing his manuscript. Gould writes, 'I never expected to find a modern defense of IQ ... History often recycles its errors.' I suspect Gould relied on a pre-publication copy for his analysis, as he gives the date of publication as 1979, when Bias in Mental Testing appeared in 1980. In any case, contrary to Gould's normal practice, this book is not annotated, so while it is not likely to be the copy he used to write Mismeasure of Man, it was the copy in his library, with a posthumous tipped in bookplate indicating the provenance. *** Intellectually, Gould understood the true nature of these bookplates, but the book collector in him appreciated them. In his essay 'A Seahorse for All Races' Gould writes about one of his prized possessions, a book from Charles Dickens' library: 'Dickens made no annotations, but a bookplate on the cover, presumably inserted as a come-on for a sale after Dickens' death in 1870, does prove that [he] kept and shelved the book.' *** We offer our Gould bookplates, printed letterpress in two colors, in the same spirit.
Illuminating detailed methods for assessing bias in commonly used I.Q., aptitude, and achievement tests, Jensen argues that standardized tests are not biased against Englishspeaking minority groups and describes the uses of such tests in education and employment.