Incredibly thought provoking and just shatters conventional wisdom and common beliefs. Strongly recommended to anyone seriously interested in history, politics, economics and social issues
Sowell makes the argument that black culture was impacted more by what he calls the red neck culture of the Southern white culture which in turn was molded by the region in The Scotland highlands the bulk of the southern whites came from. He points out the differences between southern black culture and the northern black culture before the great migration of southern blacks throughout the states as described by Wilkerson in the book "The Warmth of Other Suns". Sowell than goes on to point out liberal causes such as bussing that have done more to help blacks than help. Very thought provoking read.
The author suggests that culture (not specifically black culture, but rather southern culture) is to blame for much of the economic gap between races. Whether you agree or disagree with his statements, he gives a well organized history lesson that pushes you to think about the subject to which you can use in forming your own conclusion. The sign of a great author.
This was my first book by Thomas Sewell and I believe I will be looking at some of his others.
No. This would be better if read as you tend to focus more when you read than when you listen.. You do not try to multitask when you read, and this book requires attention and provokes thought. When listening you will need to re-listen to many sections unless you are able to completely focus on what is being said, and pause it as needed to think through what is being said. This is not a book for intellectually laze people.
It made me think and certainly educated me on quite a few things.
I love this book!
Covers pathologies that have been passed down through generations from European Whites to Southern Whites to Southern Blacks.
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.
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.
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.