- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465022502
- ISBN-13: 978-0465022502
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
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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.
And therein lie the limits of the popularity of this book. For a Conservative or anyone who values the collective intelligence and experience that is institutionalized in the free market and cultural entities like the family and religions, or anyone with an open mind willing to be guided by one of the great thinkers of our times in navigating the treacherous maze that political and cultural discourse has become, this book is a delight and invaluable.
For Progressives and their intellectual allies this book will be anathema, something to be mocked and burned as a heresy.
You must decide who you are. For those who eagerly open this book to be enlightened or just comforted, you will find all your expectations more than fulfilled.
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.
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