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The Thomas Sowell Reader Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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''Engaging and accessible . . . Sowell's careful explicating of and grappling with issues allow his thoughts to be clearly exhibited, understood, and welcomed. Even leftist thinkers will appreciate Sowell's personal charm and intellectual rigor.'' --Publishers Weekly
''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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Those familiar with Sowell's work will likely find several favorite articles from the past (mine include Scientists Need Not Apply, Affirmative Action Around the World, and Life is Culturally Biased). I was delighted to find a number of selections not seen previously. In Patterns of Failure, for instance, Sowell identifies four stages associated with well-intentioned social programs--such as plans to vanquish poverty, reduce teenage pregnancy or fix the criminal justice system--that end up making matters much worse.
The Thomas Sowell Reader does what it set out to do: It summarizes the work of an important social critic. I believe this selection of articles, and Sowell's work generally, will remain relevant to anyone "trying to understand the social problems that abound in any society."
It's hard to get a voice from the intellectual right in any country. A lot of what he proposes are controversial but he backs it up time and time again with historical and statistical facts while putting up the evidence that is used to the contrary up into the light where it is seen to be riddled with holes.
You will not leave reading this book without being impacted in some kind of way. Whether it be to strengthen your arguments against him or to change your mind. If there's one thing I've learnt from Thomas Sowell it's that good intentions don't mean squat!