The Thomas Sowell Reader

The Thomas Sowell Reader

by Thomas Sowell


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A one-volume introduction to over three decades of the wide-ranging writings of one of America's most respected and cited authors

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.

The Thomas Sowell Reader includes essays on:
* Social Issues
* Economics
* Political Issues
* Legal Issues
* Race and Ethnicity
* Educational Issues
* Biographical Sketches
* Random Thoughts

"My hope is that this large selection of my writings will reduce the likelihood that readers will misunderstand what I have said on many controversial issues over the years. Whether the reader will agree with all my conclusions is another question entirely. But disagreements can be productive, while misunderstandings seldom are."—Thomas Sowell

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465022502
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 169,228
Product dimensions: 9.46(w) x 6.54(h) x 1.47(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Thomas Sowell is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of dozens of books and the recipient of various awards, including the National Humanities Medal, presented by the President of the United States in 2003.

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HistReader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read or own by Thomas Sowell. I know him to be a thoughtful and thorough man on any subject he tackles, for this reason alone due to its length, preparing to read this book was a bit daunting to say the least. A sizable book, coming in just a few pages shy of 400, I opened the front cover and saw the table of contents, I was relieved to see it was a collection of essays.Separated into categories to by subject, the professor covers such topics as education, social justice, economics, race relations. He even has several longer themes about Karl Marx, geography as it relates to our human condition and "good intentions" of social programs and their unintended consequences.I have heard that he has averaged a book a year, and he has been writing for 30 years! Never one to mince words, he essays are thought provoking, timeless, and persuasive. His abridged biography was very interesting to say the least. For a man spending the earliest, formative years in two homes without benefit of running water, let alone electricity, he has attained a well-respected reputation and a highest degree of learning not expected of those at the lowest rungs of poverty.The only shortcoming I found with this book was the essays were not dated. I can only assume these pieces were for his syndicated column.
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