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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant; Large Print 16 pt edition (December 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459612574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459612570
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 10 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,492,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the works of Thomas Sowell:
For anyone looking for a straightforward and honest discussion of the origins of our current crisis, informed by a deep understanding of both economics and politics. . . --Washington Times

I've read all his books and never been even faintly disappointed. --Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard

Thomas Sowell is, in my opinion, the most original and interesting philosopher at work in America. --Paul Johnson, author of Modern Times

[T]hese vigorously argued essays present a stimulating challenge to the conventional wisdom. --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Thomas Sowell l has taught economics at Cornell, UCLA, Amherst, and other academic institutions. He is currently a scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has published in academic journals and in such popular media as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fortune, and he writes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country.

More About the Author

Thomas Sowell has taught economics at Cornell, UCLA, Amherst and other academic institutions, and his Basic Economics has been translated into six languages. He is currently a scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has published in both academic journals in such popular media as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine and Fortune, and writes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country.

Customer Reviews

This is the first book I've read by him, but I do read his columns as I'm able.
tabrussell
This book contains the thoughts of a thoughtful and logical man and is an excellent and informative read.
Bill Wright
This book is urgent because the several crises we are facing might well cause America to fall apart.
Craig Matteson

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143 of 149 people found the following review helpful By John Zxerce on August 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In this collection from his newspaper columns Sowell sights a number of disturbing trends which he claims are contributing to the erosion of defining, American foundations. For instance he sights bills being pushed through without a clear understanding of what is in them. He writes about confirmations to significant positions of political power being rushed through without a proper due-diligence. He also provides examples of long-held values being undermined - all in the name of progress.

Sowell points out startling similarities with what is going on in America and what happened to the Roman empire. He also suggests that once the Roman empire was dismantled it could never be put back together again. Some are certain to see Sowell as a doom-n-gloom prophet shouting about the coming fall of Humpty-Dumpty. Others will see him as a common sense writer who rightly identifies what should be more obvious to many.

In short, America is distancing itself from what it once was. Sowell suggest we are becoming soft, weak, and a culture of pacifism as we capitulate to the demands of other cultures, including Muslim nations.

The primary atrocity Sowell sees is the unfairness to the generations yet born. Those who are coming behind us will be handed something far less beautiful than what we have been given. When it comes to what political leaders are doing, Thomas doesn't shy away from the words `systematic denigration'.

The book is a sobering work comparing and contrasting what was and what is and what will likely be if the current direction continues.
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172 of 189 people found the following review helpful By L. Swanson on August 14, 2010
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The book is a compilation of Sowell's columns, and so covers a wide array of topics. While no issue is covered in-depth, each essay is well-written and thought provoking. I particularly like the author's focus on history--he makes it clear that the current mess the country is in didn't happen overnight--our society has been crumbling for the past 40 years, and things are now reaching crisis level. The book is an excellent, and sobering, overview of our society.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Bill Wright on September 25, 2010
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Dismantling America: and other controversial essays

Thomas Sowell is one of the most brilliant economists and thinkers alive today. This book contains the thoughts of a thoughtful and logical man and is an excellent and informative read. Although this book is not footnoted since it is a selection of columns he has written, most all of his books are extensively footnoted.

Sowell's A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Strugglesis one of his best among the many I have read and is a work which should be required reading in every university and every member of Congress. It is his best work.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mike Russell on October 22, 2010
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My first Thomas Sowell book. I found it an easy read and thought provoking. Readers should be aware this is a compilation of previously written articles so there are some repeated opinions, phases and statements. I recommend this book to anyone who is new to politics or maybe trying to make sense out of the current political and economic situation.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By H. L. Carlson on September 21, 2010
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Excellent essays from one of America's clearest thinkers. With precision common sense, Mr. Sowell tells it as it is in this country. In my view, this book is a must-read for Americans before his next book is published with the obligatory title: "How America Was Dismantled--From Within."
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Thomas Sowell is a very thoughtful man. He is concerned with many issues of the day: the attack on American Constitutional democracy; the dangerous decline of American public education and its conversion into an introduction mechanism by groups who are opposed to intellectual honesty in any form; the ruination of the public fisc by unions and special interests; and, in general, the decline of the great and grand American experiment.

Sowell brings to mind Eric Hoffer, the great populist philosopher, and his greatest work "The True Believer", an analysis of the dependent mind that fears individual responsibility and seeks comfort in mass movements where all think alike.

This book is largely a collection of previously published Sowell columns, peppered with few short introductory essays here and there. This is not a book written in the academic style. Sowell writes fluently, his prose free of academic pretension. Sowell pulls no punches in his concerns and orientation: "While the Obama administration in Washington is not the root cause of the ominous dangers that face this country, at home and abroad, it is the embodiment, the personification and the culmination of dangerous trends that began long ago". Sowell's own words summarize his overall point: "our concern is not with one man, but with as country, though history has shown repeatedly that one man in a key position at a crucial time can bring down a whole country in ruins".

It should be clear that Sowell does not hold the Obama administration in high regard - and, much to his credit, instead of foaming and frothing, explains why he opposes specific policies, why they represent dangers to the nation and why citizens must do their utmost to correct he grievous mistake of 2008.
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