The Thomas Sowell Reader by Thomas Sowell

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These selections from the many writings of Thomas Sowell over a period of a half century cover social, economic, cultural, legal, educational, and political issues. The sources range from Dr. Sowell’s letters, books, newspaper columns, and articles in both scholarly journals and popular magazines. The topics range from late-talking children to “tax cuts for the rich,” baseball, race, war, the role of judges, medical care, and the rhetoric of politicians. These topics are dealt with by sometimes drawing on history, sometimes drawing on economics, and sometimes drawing on a sense of humor.
 

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Bestselling author Thomas Sowell has been on the faculties of leading universities across the country, an economist in the corporate world and in government, and a scholar in residence at three think tanks. His books have been translated into nine languages, and his essays have appeared in "The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Forbes, " and "Fortune" and are syndicated to 150 newspapers. For the past two decades, he has been a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His Internet Web site is www.tsowell.com.
 
Published October 4, 2011 by Basic Books. 466 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Sowell's problems of perspective are revealed in this notion of a big question: "Whether Marx would have gone as far as Lenin or Stalin or Poi Pot is one of the great unanswerable questions of history."

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Half-baked comparisons of world ethnic groups and nationalities pepper this conservative analysis from columnist and Hoover Institution economist Sowell (Inside American Education, 1993, etc.).

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Sowell here fills in some of the background on ethnic groups he surveyed in his 1994 Race and Culture.

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Conservative gadfly Sowell doesn't like the vision thing--at least, not as long as the vision is that of his political opponents on the left.

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(If it is true that most gun violence is committed in households where domestic abuse has taken place, then why not take away the abusers’ guns as part of the legal sentencing?) Often his arguments are very smart, as when he examines the career of Booker T.

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Known for his attention to detail and the nuance of his theoretical writings, Sowell doesn't consistently display those skills to advantage: he often seems to race through key periods in his life, leaving the reader to wonder what elements of significance have been left out.

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One of the country's most respected conservative intellectuals, Sowell (Race and Culture, etc.) proclaims a need to clarify the notion of justice.

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Sowell ( Ethnic America ) draws on a worldwide range of examples and more than a decade of research in this intriguing exploration of the role of cultural attributes on group advancement.

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The heart of the matter for Thomas Sowell (Basic Economics ) is to ask, “What are the facts?” In his latest book, economist Sowell examines numerous misconceptions about life and economics.

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He highlights the major differences between politicians (who act for the short term, i.e., reelection) and economists (who look at the long-range ramifications of policy), and urges voters to keep these differences in mind.

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Recalling a research project he directed, for which he received money to hire a “ ‘minority’ professional,” he ruminates on how “minority” has become a “politically corrupted word.” The book concludes with a section titled “Random Thoughts,” filled with Sowell’s quotable qu...

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"The Thomas Sowell Reader" is a collection to be lingered over, a bouquet of clarity, wit and common sense regarding American life, served up in a world accustomed to sprays of excuse-mongering, dying-duck special pleading and smug ideological twaddle.

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National Review Online

Although Demonic was published before the Occupy Wall Street movement got under way, its subtitle was prophetic: “How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America.” Its theme is how mob thinking and mob actions have long been common on the left, whether in academia, the media, or the streets.

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