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Intellectuals and Race

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Publisher's Summary

Intellectuals and Race is a radical book in the original sense - one that goes to the root of the problem. The role of intellectuals in racial strife is explored in an international context that puts the American experience in a wholly new light.

Intellectuals have played a major role in racial issues throughout the centuries. Though their individual views may differ, as a whole their views tend to group, and just over the course of the twentieth century, they have shifted from one end of the spectrum to the other. Surprisingly, these radically different views of race were held by intellectuals whose views on other issues were often very similar.

Intellectuals and Race is not, however, a book about history, even though it has much historical evidence, as well as demographic, geographic, and economic evidence - all of it directed toward testing the underlying assumptions about race that have prevailed at times among intellectuals in general, and especially at their highest levels.

Nor is this simply a theoretical exercise. Sowell’s ultimate concern is the impact of intellectual movements on the larger society, both past and present. These ideas and crusades have ranged widely from racial theories of intelligence to eugenics to “social justice” and multiculturalism.

In addition to in-depth examinations of these and other issues, Intellectuals and Race explores the incentives, the visions, and the rationales that drive intellectuals at the highest levels to conclusions that have often turned out to be counterproductive and even disastrous, not only for particular racial or ethnic groups but for societies as a whole.

©2013 Thomas Sowell (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Sowell brings an all-too-rare perspective to whatever he writes about - that of a conservative black intellectual, especially valuable for this book’s topic." (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

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    Joseph Ivy USA 01-28-14
    Joseph Ivy USA 01-28-14 Member Since 2012

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    Would you listen to Intellectuals and Race again? Why?

    Yes. It is an excellent book with a lot of information. Robertson Dean did an excellent job of narration.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Viewing history from an economic perspective is absolutely fascinating. Personally, I have had a sporadic interest in history as a matter of race. Consequently, this book took a lot of I had learned in a sporadic fashion and bound it in a deeper context.


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know. I just like Robertson's voice. I think that is partly because he and Sowell each have deep voices so it is more like hearing Sowell talk, though the rhythm of their speech is drastically different.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't know and I don't know why this question is asked.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an expansion of some information from Sowell's Intellectuals and Society. I highly recommend each.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. M. 09-04-15
    A. M. 09-04-15

    Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.

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    "Jam-packed with perspective and reason"
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    Thomas Sowell brings a calm intellect and perspective to a problem born of ignorance. A must read for anyone--left or right--engaged or interested in today's racial politics or social history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raul A. Hurtado Aguayo Santa Cruz, Bolivia 08-16-16
    Raul A. Hurtado Aguayo Santa Cruz, Bolivia 08-16-16 Member Since 2015

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    "An Important Reflection"

    Unfortunately there are not enough honest scholars (intelectuals) thinking systematically, investigating and writing about this topic. Thomas Sowell is one of the few. He does a brilliant job bringing some much needed light to a very important subject.

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    Nick Johnson 07-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic!"

    Very informative and eye opening. Thomas Sowell continues to show his brilliance and desire to spread the truth in this wonderful work.

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    MJK 01-10-16
    MJK 01-10-16

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    "Outstanding information!"
    What did you love best about Intellectuals and Race?

    Full of informative with an interesting narrative.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    There are so many aspects of this book that I found compelling it's hard to narrow it down. I did particularly like history around the turn of the century. How eugenics played a roll in the race was eye opening.


    Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have note, but I really enjoyed his narration. He made it easy to listen to and I might seek out other narrations of his. (When I have gotten through the amount of books I presently have in my library.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book, Sowell is an excellent written and economist. It will make you rethink who did what to our citizens.

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    Rushad Thomas 07-31-15
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    "Excellent Book!"

    Dr. Sowell deserves the Nobel Prize in Everything! This book explodes the myths surrounding our discourse about race.

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    Sheila D. 05-30-15
    Sheila D. 05-30-15 Member Since 2002

    I love Audible!

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    "A well researched and presented..."

    A well researched and presented book on the treatment and ideology of race and intellectuals. Sowell discusses "the elephant in the room" that some intellectuals will neither discuss nor acknowledge.

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