Sowell explains the world-wide history of slavery as well relations between races around the world in ways that allow the reader to understand the motivations and misunderstandings that lead to friction, resentment or violence between and within races. This is an easy to understand, but brilliant work.
Another great book from Dr. Sowell! This one looks at race issues from all angles...history of populations, education issues, cultural attitudes. All subjects are handled with Dr. Sowell's usual analytical thorough manner, concisely spoken. The narration is excellent. An extremely helpful and interesting listen.
I thoroughly recommend any of Dr. Sowell's other titles. A particularly timely one is Housing Boom and Bust. Another favorite is Quest for Cosmic Justice.
rage against the machine
I wish I had instructors as lucid & brave as Prof. Sowell. His ability to bring hot button subjects to a level of discourse never brought before is unequaled.
This book explains redneck southern culture (black and white), racism, slavery, and the current racial situation more fully and persuasively than anything I have ever seen. For the first time, I feel I really understand how the American racial dilemma came about. Sowell illustrates his points with many historical examples from the US and around the world. It is a brilliant work.
I'm sure you've read these words before, "Don't judge a book by it's cover." Well, I tell you don't judge this book by it's title.
It's an amazing book if you are truly interested in learning the history of America the way it has never been told before. I was unsure if the book was written to describe a rather radical history of white treatment of African Americans but it turned out to be the opposite, accurate and well done.
Well written and researched book that separates facts from fiction and wishful thinking.
This was one of the most enlightening books to which I have ever listened. Yet, thinking about it logically, the subject matter top to bottom should have been obvious. It just goes to show the lengths at which politicians and activists go to further their own agenda and power but at what cost? The people who supposedly have the “best interests” of the people in mind are, in fact, destroying them.
Ever had an inkling there was something wrong with American society and the tendencies of various groups, read/listen to this book and understand why.
This was a good book, but gets a little long in the unabridged version and seems to reiterate some points a little much. I liked it ok overall.
BA English MA Political Science Political Independent Intellectually curious Critical reader
I am a bit relunctant to write this review, but after hearing my university attacked at length I found it almost necessary. Among the many misleading statements Mr. Sowell states that Mordecai Johnson, the first black president of Howard University, was a poor choice who brought in unqualified black teachers. It is unfortunate that Mr. Sowell believes that Ralph J. Bunche, 1950 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and black, does not fit the bill of qualified black professors.
Further, it is surprising that Mr. Sowell does not acknowledge the fact that in the first half of the 20th century maids and porters were the black middle class and doctors and lawyers were the upper class.
I think Mr. Sowell has many things to say that are valid, but when he distorts the story to fit his agenda he becomes just another talking head. For all his statements of "facts" the few times he hit on subject matters I am familiar with he was off the mark. This is disapointing. There are just too many questionable statements in this piece for me to support his premise...until I see him on campus defending his work. Take this book as just another tired politically charged polemic you have heard many times before.
I've never read anything by Thomas Sowell and didn't know anything about him when I downloaded this book. I knew he was African American and that actually piqued my interest considering the subject matter. I'm very disappointed and sorry that I wasted a credit on this book. He repeatedly points to the Scottish/English origins of Southern American Whites as the primary reason for the degeneracy of Southern Blacks, yet never mentions that MAYBE they were influenced by THEIR native origins-Africa! As reviewer Steve Sailer (founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and movie critic for The American Conservative )says "Oddly enough, Sowell curtly dismisses the least-remarked but most distinctive influence on African-Americans: that they are Americans from Africa."
Quoting from a reviewer on Amazon.com "At least he is trying to look out of the box....but blaming ANYBODY at this stage of the game is not part of the solution. Its the problem", I agree. Sadly, it's evident that Mr.Sowell has some unresolved racial issues of his own.