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The Thomas Sowell Reader Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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''A solid, representative collection by a writer and thinker whom one either agrees with or not--and there's not much middle ground on which to stand.'' --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book is a compendium of his works ranging over decades, yet so insightful and important are his thoughts that it is almost impossible to date them- their pertinence is literally timeless.
Ranging over politics, education, legal theory, race and other categories, Sowell brilliantly analyzes a broad spectrum of topics including the reason homeruns increased in the 1920's, the effects of affirmative action across the globe , Marx's life and personality, and the effects of geography on culture and economic development, always bringing to bear that ability to undermine commonly accepted assumptions with facts and logic.
As anyone who is familiar with Sowell knows, he is a Black Conservative philosopher whose main preoccupation is subjecting the thoughts and actions of those he calls the anointed, Progressive politicians and intellectuals, to the light of reality and commonsense, and in the process decimating their arguments while also demonstrating how dangerous they are. Given the partisan political environment today, this exegesis of so much of what is accepted as axiomatic fact is an invaluable guide for those who find themselves grasping to really understand and weigh the political and social aspirations and effects of the Left.
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Milton Friedman was proud of Dr. Sowell and Dr. Sowell has done his best to carry on a great tradition of extraordinary insight and accessible teaching.
He is too old to run for president and he wouldn't touch D.C. with a ten foot pole, but if any of our last 4 presidents had followed his advice we'd not be grappling with a downturn that has not just put us,but the entire globe in peril.
I have some hope that by word of mouth young people, bored with the transparently liberal drivel shoved at them, will find Dr. Sowell and come to realize that they've been sold out by the last three generations and will have a fight not much easier than our founding fathers if they want to reclaim America.
I like this book because I agree with it. There are dozens of small, easy-to-digest essays and I find myself nodding my head when I read them. Sometimes there is a subtle bite to his thought, which I also agree with. For example (paraphrasing): "No matter how egalitarian our speech may be, it remains true that women in general make very bad men, and men cannot be women at all."
A fantastic compendium.
Living in a town full of mainly liberals, this book and it's brilliant author, are relatively unknown. This man, once a former marxist in his earlier years, had become one of the brightest intellectuals in America. How can he be ignored in such a town, full of "intellectuals?"
Since I am exposed to liberal views, liberal ideas and liberal rhetoric EVERYDAY, I will tell you this book a wiff of fresh air. His views are fairly biased but coming from what a lot of liberals discuss about economics, he is spot on with them. All of his facts can be verified from the back of the book...
Well, his views which a great deal are crammed tightly into this book. If you have read his Basic Economics textbook, this will be nice supplement!
There is a bias to the book. It's Thomas Sowell! Although he can be biased, he makes a note of the opposing argument which is nice.
Keep in mind that Dr. Sowell chooses to let his intellectual cannon shoot down anybody.....left or right. Even in his Housing Boom and Bust he tore after a great deal of Republicans (but mostly democrats). As a moderate conservative, he argues his points nicely and gives you a great perspective of a myriad of issues we still face today in America.
For the love of (insert your favorite Deity here), tell your friends and family about this man and his books!
Unfortunately, many Democratic and Republicans follow Keynesian style economic policies and it's wrecking our economy.
I hope this man and his brilliant work and scholarship will bring a new chapter into American society.
Oh, and he's a Marine!
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This is a great introduction into some of the writings of one of the brightest conservative thinkers and writers of our day. Read morePublished 11 days ago by P. Connell
Thomas Sowell is my favorite nonfiction writer. This is a collection that everyone should read....especially young adults.Published 1 month ago by Bill Gootee
Thoughtful reflections that put vexing emotional issues in perspective.Published 4 months ago by BillM
Read and understand this and you have the equivalent to a liberal art education.Published 4 months ago by Robert W. Oneill
I am reassured when reading or listening to Dr. Sowell. Too much of the content generated by the left wing media and the elite universities might amuse me if it weren't so... Read morePublished 4 months ago by SRHDDS
A very readable collection of essays and articles written by one of the most level-headed people of the current era. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charles E. Hoover