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.
"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)
I can has read
Yes. It is an excellent book with a lot of information. Robertson Dean did an excellent job of narration.
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.
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.
I don't know and I don't know why this question is asked.
This book is an expansion of some information from Sowell's Intellectuals and Society. I highly recommend each.
Reading Thomas Sowell is like taking the red pill. Decades of thorough research has allowed him to offer readers an international and historical lens through which they might view contemporary issues, and it is truly eye-opening. This book focuses primarily on intellectuals/the intelligentsia and their role in shaping their respective societies' understanding (or, more appropriately, misunderstanding) of the various intergroup issues that they face. In a world where facts matter, his unflinching and often tragically humorous characterization of the intelligentsia, whose truth-be-damned rhetorical and ideological pieties have throughout history and in various places around the world led to devastating real world consequences, is painfully necessary. I must admit that I wryly enjoy his characterization of intellectuals as (and I may be paraphrasing slightly) pseudo-enlightened academics and educated folk who make everything a matter of social justice so that they may position themselves as warriors fighting on the side of the angels against the forces of evil in their own grandiose moral melodramas.
Indeed, in a world where facts matter, it's refreshing to have a man of good character who has always throughout an incredible career been dedicated to honest empiricism and rational analysis. That he is one of only a few makes reading his work as saddening as it is invigorating.
Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.
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.
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.
Heavy in academic language, rich in qualitative research, weaker in rigorous emperical analysis.
The focus: Almost exclusively on successful cultures and the acquistion of human capital that promotes success in those cultures. It can't remedy intergroup inequality, but it can help individuals in otherwise 'oppressed' groups make personal gains that may increase over generations.
Little room to consider other alterntive lines of thought without being dubbed 'on the side of angels' engaged in 'melodramas'. Sowell is thorough to address other philosophies in order to poke holes through them.
Right or wrong? I don’t know. But a VERY interesting web of work.
Chances are that if you have bought this book you already have a leaning or whole hearted support to the other side of the prevailing argument. The books reiterates with facts what we already knew in our hearts and minds to be the truth and injustice. The narrator made it extremely hard to focus and even retain the much needed facts with the monotonous voice job. A 2nd listening might drive in the facts home. I was delighted that the book covers not only US but also touches on other countries too.
Full of informative with an interesting 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.
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.
I highly recommend this book, Sowell is an excellent written and economist. It will make you rethink who did what to our citizens.
I love Audible!
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.
Report Inappropriate Content