DNA USA: A Genetic Biography of America

by Bryan Sykes

New York: W. W. Norton, 2012. 320 pages.

In DNA USA, reviewer Anne D. Holden writes, “Sykes ventures across the Atlantic to piece together the complex genetic history of America.” While she appreciates his initial examination of the various ethnicities in the United States today and his explanation of the science of genetic genealogy, she regards his narrative of his journeys across the country as “rambling and somewhat confusing.” After reading the second half of the book, she says, “[t]he reader has just spent the last few hundred pages following along with Sykes’s meandering—and somewhat confusing—journey, receiving no satisfaction of understanding the true genetic makeup of Americans.”