"The biography's strength is in explicating White's views in the context of his personal experiences and his engagement in politics, both ideological and academic. Peace avoids adulation, despite sympathy to White's lifelong struggles; the book sagely illustrates a controversial figure in American anthropology. It will interest political scientists and historians of intellectual ideas as well as anthropologists."—Choice
“An illuminating portrait of a complex figure whose ideas were ahead of their time—one whose critical role in the recent history of anthropology has been too little appreciated as other theoretical currents have gained sway.”—American Ethnologist
“William Peace is to be congratulated for dealing with a set of complex issues and dilemmas which pervaded a very complex personality. As both an intellectual historian and anthropologist, Peace’s scholarship is impeccable, and his footnotes are as interesting as the text.”—Journal of Anthropological Research
“William Peace has provided a thoroughly documented and carefully balanced biography of Leslie A. White.”—The Michigan Historical Review
“Peace’s biography is a fine contribution in a number of respects.”—Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
"Peace's biography of Leslie White. . . . is a welcome contribution to the history of anthropology."—Left History
About the Author
William J. Peace is an independent scholar and lives in Katonah, New York. He has a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University.