A Question of Intelligence, by Daniel Seligman

Commentary, December 1, 1992.


In the tight and sometimes nervous world of people who write about IQ, this book has been a topic of conversation for a long time. It was originally commissioned as one of the Whittle books, a series of short works popularizing a scholarly topic for wide readership, published with advertising, for which well-known authors (George Gilder, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., et al.) are paid a flat fee. Daniel Seligman, a senior editor at Fortune and author of its popular column, “Keeping Up,” had for twenty years been an avid lay student of the intelligence-testing controversy. The Whittle corporation asked him to write a book on IQ.