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Dismantling America: and other controversial essays Hardcover – August 10, 2010
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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 MP3 CD edition.
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Waste of time. This book approaches a number of interesting, provocative facets of American society. But it does so naively. There are hardly any data in here. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Blake Guthrie
Thomas Sewell always has an interesting and cerebral perspective of what shapes today's world. In a world of media liberalism you need to hear the conservative perspective to form... Read morePublished 11 months ago by mesdmd
This book consists of a series of short discussions on various contemporary social issues. What makes this an especially interesting read is Thomas Sowell's discussion on the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by JP
fantastic book by my favorite writer. everyone should read this one!Published 13 months ago by Lowell A Smith
Thomas Sowell writes about situations in contemporary America that perhaps should have us all concerned. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Norman A. Diaz