Twins by Lawrence Wright
And What They Tell Us About Who We Are

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A New York Times Notable Book for 1998

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A Rhone-Poulenc Science Prize Finalist

"This is a book about far more than twins: it is about what twins can tell us about ourselves."—The New York Times

"With plenty of amazing stories about the similarities and differences of twins, Wright respectfully shows, too, how their special circumstance in life challenges our notions of individuality. A truly fascinating but sometimes spooky (Mengele's experiments with twins at Auschwitz figure among Wright's examples) study."—American Library Association

"Like so much of Wright's work, this book is a pleasure to read. Because he writes so well, without pushing a particular point of view, he soon has you pondering questions you have tended to comfortably ignore."—Austin American-Statesman

"Informative and entertaining . . . a provocative subject well considered by a talented journalist."—Kirkus Reviews


About Lawrence Wright

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Lawrence Wright graduated from Tulane University and spent two years teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law. The author of five works of nonfiction, including the the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, he has also written a novel, God's Favorite, and was cowriter of the movie The Siege. He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas.

Author Residence: Austin, Texas
Published May 2, 2008 by Wiley. 220 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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In this expanded version of a New Yorker piece, Wright describes the history of twin research as ``one of the most appalling chapters in science.'' From 19th-century twin studies used to rationalize the British class system, to the monstrous experiments of the Nazi doctor Josef Mengele on twins i...

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Wright notes that, ‘although twins competing for the same mate is a staple of television talk shows’ – and, I would add, of myths – one study claims to prove that in real life identical twins don’t tend to be attracted sexually to the same sorts of partner: ‘The extraordinary difference between i...

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