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Intellectuals and Race Hardcover – March 12, 2013
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Sowell brings an all-too-rare perspective to whatever he writes about that of a conservative black intellectual, especially valuable for this book’s topic.”
After reading Dr. Thomas Sowell’s latest book, Intellectuals and Race, one cannot emerge with much respect for the reasoning powers of intellectuals, particularly academics, on matters of race. There’s so much faulty logic and downright dishonesty.”
Mona Charen, Creator’s Syndicate
I plunged into Thomas Sowell’s latest book, Intellectuals and Race, immediately upon its arrival, but soon realized that I needed to slow down. Many writers express a few ideas with a great cataract of words. Sowell is the opposite. Every sentence contains at least one insight or fascinating statistic frequently more than one.”
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It is a book that is long overdue. Thomas Sowell is an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and the author of more than three-dozen books. Sowell is an African-American who takes great umbrage at the views being espoused by the "chattering class" of American intellectuals who continue to advance the notion that society-at-large is to blame for the social and economic disparities that exist in our nation. According to the intelligentsia, deep-seated racism continues to be present in the minds of most white Americans. In his superb new book "Intellectuals and Race" Dr. Sowell thoroughly and systematically dismantles the liberal argument about race. In this meticulously researched offering Sowell takes a look at societies around the world to back up his assertions. Time and again he demonstrates that more often than not it is internal factors within a race or group of people that account for many of these disparities. He compares the problems plaguing the white lower class in Britain with those of African-Americans here in America. You may be quite surprised to discover that the problems facing both groups are virtually identical and have continued to escalate over the past fifty years. The solutions offered by progressives and liberals have clearly not worked. Thomas Sowell believes he has key to solving many of these persistent problems.
In "Intellectuals and Race" Thomas Sowell gets us all up to speed with the history of intellectual thought about race over the past 100 years. There are some fascinating twists and turns along the way.Read more ›
That said, I have only read one other book by Thomas Sowell - Dismantling America: and other controversial essays. Overall, I was not too terribly impressed or swayed by much of what I read there. I did find myself however in agreement with the things Mr. Sowell had to say here in this book, Intellectuals and Race. I have read quite a bit in regards to race and all that goes with that. Some of the books which go into a great deal more detail, but also coincide with the general gist of this book, are: ...Read more ›
For example: should university admissions reflect the general population data? That is, in a country which is (say) 10% Japanese, 5% Jewish, 75% "white," and 10% "black," should the freshman class reflect these percentages? Sowell has the temerity to point out that this has never been true, anywhere or anyhow. This "disparity" arises because of race differences, or group differences.
That is to say, Italians are not the same as Englishmen. Frenchmen are not the same as Germans. These differences arise from the different cultures, which in turn depend on myriad causes, from the geographical to the historical.
You also need to throw in the fact that "hill people" always lag behind the "plains people," simply because they are more isolated. A prime example of laggard people might be those of New Guinea, or the Australian aborigines.
Historical circumstances? The subject peoples of the Roman Empire were murdered and enslaved, but they took away one prize impossible to put a price on: Roman letters, and the whole idea of literacy.
This book is for you, if you enjoy a conversation with a first-class mind.
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Thomas Sowell is one of my intellectual heroes. This continues in the tradition of his other work, which has few equals when it comes to thinking very hard and dispassionately... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Art Carden
I recommend this book for advocates of facts over emotion when it comes to Intellectuals and their misunderstandings/misrepresentations about race.Published 7 months ago by Trickyd167
By “intellectuals”, Sowell means people whose work begins and ends by creating or disseminating ideas that are not supported by factual evidence. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James Sell
If there are smarter people than Thomas Sowell, I have yet to find them. His writing is crisp, factual, and accessible. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Fastconnie
Dr. Sowell is remarkable in sorting out complex history & myths. Splendid book. What a great shame our leaders have no grasp of this.Published 10 months ago by Gregory L. Mooney
I am enjoying this book. In fact I like it so much I purchased one for a friend. I'm not finished with it yet but it has given me a new perspective on Intellectuals and race.Published 11 months ago by Silverfox
Thomas Sowell uses facts and history from around the world to dissect and destroy the views of intellectuals on race. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Martha
Another of Sowell's insightful books. This time exposing the hypocrisy and destruction of the intellectual need to 'help others' to their detriment. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dan