David Plotz: "The Genius Factory" (Random House)
In 1980 an eccentric millionaire established a sperm bank whose donors were made up of scientists, inventors and thinkers. It went out of business in 1999. A journalist shares what he learned about the sperm bank's founder, why the bank closed its doors, and what happened to the children born with help from the bank.
deputy editor of the online magazine "Slate."