These wide-ranging essays - on many individual political, economic, cultural, and legal issues - have as a recurring, underlying theme the decline of the values and institutions that have sustained and advanced American society for more than two centuries. This decline has been more than erosion. It has, in many cases, been a deliberate dismantling of American values and institutions by people convinced that their superior wisdom and virtue must override both the traditions of the country and the will of the people.
Whether these essays (originally published as syndicated newspaper columns) are individually about financial bailouts, illegal immigrants, gay marriage, national security, or the Duke University rape case, the underlying concern is about what these very different kinds of things say about the general direction of American society.
This larger and longer-lasting question is whether the particular issues discussed reflect a degeneration or dismantling of the America that we once knew and expected to pass on to our children and grandchildren. There are people determined that this country’s values, history, laws, traditions, and role in the world are fundamentally wrong and must be changed. Such people will not stop dismantling America unless they get stopped—and the next election may be the last time to stop them, before they take the country beyond the point of no return.
©2010 Thomas Sowell (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“For anyone looking for a straightforward and honest discussion of the origins of our current crisis, informed by a deep understanding of both economics and politics.” (Washington Times)
Laura the Listener
This book is a rehash of previous articles but not having read Sowell before, I found it to be a good introduction to the author. Numerous issues are covered with specific examples given. Sowell's descriptions and analysis are logical, consistent throughout and easy to follow. I will be purchasing more of his books.
Among the best of current events and thought provoking concepts..
A series of short articles powerfully written.
It is for me. It does well for my inability to follow a long storys. These are articles Thomas
Sowell has collected and put in a book format. I can learn by listening to a couple topics and then return later for more.
Other Thomas Sowell Books. They are all amazing and similar in how he writes and teaches.
Hes not boring, perfect speed.
Musings of a genius unimpressed with himself.
This book explains how America has morphed into what you see today. Its not the country I once knew. If you read any Thomas Sowell book you will never be the same. This unassuming man tells it like it is and calmly explains what is happening right under our noses! Like he says in the book "Its not too late. We still can turn this ship around"
One of the best books (compilation of op-ed pieces) I've ever read. Sowell's descriptions and analyses show good old common sense and are easy to follow. He is presently a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. Being an economist, he has great insight into how the economy responds when politicians try to control it.
Sowell predicted that, given a second term, President Obama would dismantle America. Obama sees it as "transforming" America. But his transformation is not good for America and the world. I have to believe that we will find our way back to conservative principles that ensure opportunities and jobs for all, especially for blacks and poor folks.
Also, the reader was excellent!
This was a great and helpful read. I always enjoy his work. I highly respect Sowell's opinion.
This well narrated novel gives an honest assessment of the country in which we live. If you're looking for truth, you very well have come to the right place.
If you're a Sowell reader, you already read this stuff. Includes previously famous articles and there is even a chapter of one sentence aphorisms. A crass $ grab? Say it isn't so Tom.
Well read but lack any information on changing economic situation, kept talking like we could ignore present changes that had happen in the world and hope old industry social would return by wishful thinking. The president can hardly change business practices that been having for decades unless he willing to follow the Chinese model of government direct intervention. Believes money is right way to decide who will get health care, jobs or anything else. Wish I hadn't gotten the book.
Would have been nice if the publisher mentioned this was just a right wing screed against Obama and Barny Frank Save your money and just watch an evening of Fox News if you want this crap.
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