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Dorothy

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  • Conquests and Cultures: An International History

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    This book is the culmination of fifteen years of research and travels that have taken the author completely around the world twice. Its purpose has been to try to understand the role of cultural differences within nations and between nations, today and over the centuries of history, in shaping the economic and social fates of peoples and of whole civilizations.

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    Worth the listening but keep your critical faculties in play.Sowell touts his hypothesis about the connection between "culture" and "entrepreneurship", which he seems to consider to be the high point of human achievement, yet leaves glaring holes in the historical narrative that he uses to support it. For example he blames the disappearance of the American Bison on Native Americans without a single mention of characters such as Buffalo Bill who were hired by the railroad corporation to slaughter the bison herds en masse, partly to feed their work crews and partly to rid themselves of a physical obstruction to the building and maintenance of the railroad itself. Another more puzzling omission is that of "The Canal Age", an 80 year span that was of great importance economically, in Sowell's account of the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain.Sowell often derides the "cherry-picking" of authors with a different thesis than his own, while indulging in the same tactics himself.On the other hand, the reading is mellifluous and engaging plaudits to Robertson Dean.


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