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The Shaping of American Anthropology is a book which is outstanding in many respects. Stocking is probably the leading authority on Franz Boas; he understands Boas’s contributions to American anthropology, as well as anthropology in general, very well. . . . He is, in a word, the foremost historian of anthropology in the world today. . . . The reader is both a collection of Boas’s papers and a solid 23-page introduction to giving the background and basic assumptions of Boasian anthropology.–David Schneider, University of Chicago While Stocking has not attempted to present a person biography, nevertheless Boas’s personal characteristics emerge not only in his scholarly essays, but perhaps more vividly in his personal correspondence. . . . Stocking is to be commended for collecting this material together in a most interesting and enjoyable reader.–Gustav Thaiss, American Anthropologist