Non-Fiction, Science, History and Business Reader
I can not recommend Mr. Sowell's work highly enough, he is a rational treasure who has rare ability to expand the mind of any reader, regardless of political views. I've bought and enjoyed 7 of his books, but this book has a political creep. I love Mr. Sowell's more political books like Visions and Intellectuals, but this book has a Hybrid feel to it where at times he moves between is views and his other Work a little too easily for my taste. I don't mean to say this is a bad book or you shouldn't read it, in fact I did still very much enjoy it, but you should know what you are getting.
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.
I thank God for Professor Sowell's great labor and the incredibly insightful points made in the culmination of a great work of truth. He has touched on aspects of human behavior that most people are afraid to address let alone research.
Nevertheless there is no other work that surpasses BRWL as a phenomenally well researched library and contribution to those of us who thirst to not only know the truth but to have means of dispensing that truth to all we can expose to it.
Congratulations professor Sowell and God bless you sir.
He gives a very excellent representation and presention of the Professor's work.
The information on middleman minorities was very interesting but the most valuable information that every American (especially Americans of African descent) should know is the chapter on the history of slavery. There are many books on slavery but Sowell's perspective places the blames as well as the credits exactly where they belong.
I pray to God that this book will become a standard for any truth seeking group or individuals
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
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.
Say something about yourself!
For a long time I've wondered why Mississippi's average income is the lowest in the country, way lower than the New England and West Coast states. Mississippi isn't alone. The other Southern states are only slightly better. Well, this book goes a long way to explaining why. The answer is Southern culture.
This is a black libertarian's explanation of black underachievement and a strong argument for high academic standards and expectations. Hard work doesn't hurt either.
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.