I learned a great deal from this book. I feel it is one of the best books ever written about Black culture and White liberals. I like the fact Thomas Sowell backed up every narrative with facts. The book move along very quickly. I would highly recommend this book.
I do not agree with 90% of the author's conclusions. However, his historical research is impeccable and fascinating. The author's perspective and ability to put historical events in broader context makes it a worthwhile listen, although his conclusions exceed that which is suggested by the research.
Excellent book. This will be required reading (at least the chapters on Black Rednecks and Slavery) for my children when they are old enough. The Black Rednecks chapter changed the way I think. The Slavery chapter made me prouder than ever of our history as well as outraging me about the modern left and the anti American slant they take.
This is a remarkable book that really tells it like it is and coming from a black man, no not an "african american" offers a unique perspective. He is simply brilliant in his writings, a true gift that every race should read. I highly recomend this book.
Thomas Sowell has quickly become one of my favorite authors. This book is filled with information that they don't teach in school, information that is not politically correct but makes sense and explains many of the issues in our society.
Riveting, enlightening. Sowell's intellect and rigor are focused on one of America's most intractable social and cultural phenomina. It convincingly demonstrates that its "race issues" are actually "cultural" issues to a great extent, and that the social pathology playing out in the states is the result of complex factor social patterns that replay throughout ancient and recent histories. He also demonstrates that perpetuation of the situation is highly likely if the integrity of the subject's histories are allowed to be subverted with contemporary social mythologies. It is really a wakeup call, especially for those of us who are so bewildered to see the great works of Martin Luther King subverted by what appear to be neo racists who now conclude that a person's skin color can indeed be used to determine significant aspects of one's character. If you too are confused by the never ending cycle of racial strife, and wondering how you suddenly became a presumptive racist then you should read this book if no other.
This book provides a real intellectual and ideological challenge to my preconceptions. A friend recommended it to me. I need to buy him a coffee so we can chat about it.
The title is too cute, but the book is very substantial. He starts with a history of Rednecks and gives good support for the claim that many aspects of black life actually is from Europe, not Africa. And this is just the start. I plan to read this again very soon. Need to work this over.
"If you are a black lives matter sympathizer or Trump supporter you need to hear what this book has to say!"
Although this book is long and at some points hard to understand due to the writers extensive vocabulary, it is well worth the time it takes to get through it. He provides an absolute enlightening review of our history from several different perspectives. It is a must read for anyone who is a black lives matter sympathizer or a Donald Trump supporter… I don't think a left wing liberal could even understand this book.
I learned a lot and even added some new words to my vocabulary. The narration became a little hard to follow because of some difficult words but the context helped to define the meaning. The narrator did an average job of voice inflection to keep my attention. However, my interest in the subject matter is what kept me listening. I will listen several more times to pick up some subject matter I may have missed.
This is definitely a good listen for those who are interested in history and those who don't have a good understanding or distorted view of historical fact. I am different after listening to this audiobook and highly recommend it for all.