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Black Rednecks and White Liberals Audiobook

Black Rednecks and White Liberals

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Publisher's Summary

This explosive new audiobook challenges many of the long-held assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans and Nazis, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on the trendy intellectuals of our times as well as historic interpreters of American life.

Through a series of essays, Sowell presents an in-depth look at key beliefs behind many policies and trends. He presents eye-opening insights into the development of the ghetto culture, a culture cheered on toward self-destruction by white liberals who consider themselves "friends" of blacks.

Black Rednecks and White Liberals is the capstone of decades of outstanding research and writing on racial and cultural issues by Thomas Sowell.

©2005 Thomas Sowell; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"These vigorously argued essays present a stimulating challenge to the conventional wisdom." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Blake Portland, OR, United States 04-29-13
    Blake Portland, OR, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A good balance for someone with the opposite POV"

    I was wary of buying this book, but curious enough to give it a shot. My political leanings tend to be more on the liberal side than Mr Sowell, but I get annoyed with the dogma and one sidedness that is so prevalent when discussing politics, and Sowell is a good example of a conservative intellect. While he's not exactly balanced in his own views, he makes his case quite well.

    I found the essays on slavery and education to be chalk full of historical information and most convincing of the essays. The black rednecks and white liberals essay used two straw men to make his point that basically, black people are behind in society due to culture and not societal disadvantages. While I praise him for his bravery in delivering some painful truths to American blacks who won't be happy with his criticisms, I think his point is hard to prove, and his anecdotes fail to do this. In fact, most of his points are supported by anecdotes, and he fails to adequately present opposing points of view, other than to mock them. He says early on that solutions will likely involve trade offs, but doesn't really talk about trade offs or solutions. His solution for everything seems to be shut up and work hard, and rejects the notion that we as a society have a responsibility to have the weakest link in our chain be strong enough to hold us together.

    With that said, I was nonetheless impressed by this book and another pitch perfect performance by Dion Graham. Sowell's scholarship and historical knowledge are impressive and fascinating. Just be careful not to take his views as gospel.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Pancho OKC, OK 12-15-16
    Pancho OKC, OK 12-15-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Enlightening"

    what a fantastic book. Easy to listen to, understand and recommend to anyone seeking to understand American History.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clyde Tampa, FL, United States 01-14-11
    Clyde Tampa, FL, United States 01-14-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Black Rednecks and White Liberals - The Connection"

    This is an informative and excellent book and should be a part of everyone's personal library and listed under a study of African American History - Culture. I know much has been said and written about such history but for some reason, studies in this area do not included much of the information contained in this two volume book. The information and the author's writing style will allow you to enjoy this in the same manner that you would enjoy a good novel. Well written, educational, and thought-provoking. Loved it! This is a MUST read since it has so much more to offer to an understanding of African American History.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Waxhaw, NC, USA 02-18-08
    Michael Waxhaw, NC, USA 02-18-08
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    "Very Refreshing"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    William Murray North Rose, NY United States 06-06-08
    William Murray North Rose, NY United States 06-06-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Mandatory reading"

    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.

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    Lawrence Brooks PA 01-06-17
    Lawrence Brooks PA 01-06-17 Member Since 2016

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    "a good read or listen"

    The author provided research examples for his opinions. I did not agree with everything but agreed with a lot. Worth the time.

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    Teresa 12-31-16
    Teresa 12-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An eye opening experience"

    The book provides a study of the history some in the united States have been struggling to hide for decades. I found my feeling of the need to rebel against the victim mentality that I have been force fed since birth being vindicated.

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    HoY 12-09-16
    HoY 12-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Exceptional Read!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The data was compelling and the narrator was perfect. thanks!

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    Kevin Eugene McDonald 12-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "need to be in the right mindset"

    I just couldn't get into it. the material was interesting and I wanted to like it, but it felt like it was being read from a college student essay. the information was being presented but not in an interesting way. I listened for about 2 hours attempting to give it a solid attempt, eventually I was just skipping around and finally just had to end it.

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    Malick Tchakpedeou GARNER, NC, United States 12-01-16
    Malick Tchakpedeou GARNER, NC, United States 12-01-16 Member Since 2011

    Jesus, Sankara, Mandela, Lumumba, Lincoln, Gandhi, Luther King, MalcolmX, Bob Marley.

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    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I think the shocking peace of information was to find out the link between the redneck behavior in the American south and many European tribes from the medieval times.
    And since this is a learned behavior, the blacks in the south ended up being rednecks even though they're mostly considered as the main victims of white rednecks.
    The book is very well researched and doesn't lack historical facts and figures to maks its points.

    Malick Tchakpedeou


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    "Really interesting"

    Interesting ideas, well researched, and clearly understood, black rednecks and white liberals offers some good arguments against the perceived wisdom that seems to drive certain political ideologies.

    A couple of things to be aware of:
    - Sowell tends to write in essay format which is fine but it does mean that sometimes the overall book lacks structure. Additionally, chapters often rehash the same ground as early ones, often even reusing examples.
    - the narrator is good and clear but talks rather slowly. You might want to consider listening on double speed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jose F Miranda
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    "Excellent book"

    Superb and entertaining book. The reading voice is somehow monotonous but you forget about it when the subject is so interesting. It is great to see somebody against the politically correct tide.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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