- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465022510
- ISBN-13: 978-0465022519
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
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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.
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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.
If there is one thing missing from the book that I could wish for, it would be an Index to help going back to locate his references to particular events, subjects, or situations. This book is an organized collection of various columns in various subject areas over time, and doesn't include such an index: that would be very helpful to locate sources for documentation and reinforcement.
Thomas Sowell has a very interesting background. Drafted into the Marine Corps during the Korean War, he then used the GI Bill to gain a college education, going on to a Ph.D. in Economics. He states that he started out a Marxist in outlook, but changed his mind from exposure 'in the real world'. How fortunate for us that he gained the perspective, and motivation, to write essays so insightful in so many areas.
One area where I take exception to his views is in regard to Israel, and perhaps Iran, and aspects of the Middle East. But he probably hasn't had prolonged exposure to the seamier side of Israel's elitist ruling establishment, and the effect of their lobby on U.S. policies. For all the good and outstanding observations he offers in other areas, I can forgive and overlook this one area.
In the parts of the book that contain new material (e.g., the Preface, and introductions to essay groups), the author unmistakably conveys a belief in a most unpleasant outlook for the future of the United States-and the West in general. His study and experience of our world and its history (as glimpsed in these essays), over many decades, forces him to conclude that very dark times for civilization are likely approaching. Naturally, he continues to fight the good fight and hopes for the best. I pray that his hope is warranted.