These selections from the many writings of Thomas Sowell over a period of half a century cover social, economic, cultural, legal, educational, and political issues. The sources range from Dr. Sowell’s letters, books, newspaper columns, and articles in both scholarly journals and popular magazines. The topics range from latetalking children to tax cuts for the rich, baseball, race, war, the role of judges, medical care, and the rhetoric of politicians. These topics are dealt with by drawing sometimes on history, sometimes on economics, and sometimes on a sense of humor.
©2011 Thomas Sowell (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Engaging and accessible…Sowell’s careful explicating of and grappling with issues allow his thoughts to be clearly exhibited, understood, and welcomed. Even leftist thinkers will appreciate Sowell’s personal charm and intellectual rigor.” (Publishers Weekly)
I loved the way Robertson Dean reads this just like he completely comprehends it all. Thomas Sowell is genius with a side of chips! He's very witty, too. I'm listening to this collection of articles and essays for the second time!
The logic behind the thinking process is very compelling. When I listened to it the first time I kept saying,
He actually reads this very much the way I could hear Thomas Sowell read it.
Logical Thinking for and Increasingly Illogical World.
I just bought one of his audio books on economics! Does that make me a nerd? I don't care!
I've read a lot of Thomas Sowell's writing, and I found this to be the most interesting yet. It's full of pithy, intelligent shorts on a variety of subjects, but they are all unified by the clarity of his thinking. I've always found Sowell to be compelling, but this particular book actually changed my views on a couple of issues. If you already know and like Sowell, this is a great addition. If you've never read his work, this is a great place to start.
I hate to raciallize a review, but that is what I am going to do. I am an African American listener. Once upon a time I would have called myself a Democrat, at this point I am more moderate on many of my beliefs. This book which is a collection of Mr. Sowell's writings, challenged me to rethink the way I think. Thomas Sowell challenges me to rethink the way I think. In the long run I believe it has made me a better citizen. I would recommend this book for any of my friends. I would love to iconoclast Thomas Sowell and Cornell West. They are polar opposites when it comes to there politics, but not when it comes to their genius.
It contains so much information that, after reading it, one feels so much knowledgeable about a myriad of topics.
It stimulates the desire on the reader to research further most subjects presented.
I enjoyed his voice and his clear pronunciation of words.
No. I listened to this book on my long runs, when I could give it my full concentration. I loved it.
I love this book. I have already more books, from the same author, ready to be listened to.
Nerd. Kindle author. Nerd!!
deep simple true
His brief autobiography was like the rest of his writing. Concise, interesting, full of deeper insights.
The book has something like a hundred one-line quotables. I've probably use four already in discussions on facebook.
Too many to mention. The entire "random thoughts" chapter was pure gold.
I'm looking forward to my next Sowell purchase.
His unique life has led to a unique wisdom, and fortunately he's got both the talent and inclination to share.
Thomas Sowell is a national treasure. The first book I read was Migrations & Culture, next the Vision of the Anointed and then Race and Culture. This book is a MUST read. I will read again and again.
Thomas Sowell thinks and speaks clearly. This is a lost art. His primary talent is demonstrating that certain important questions are often skipped over as we evaluate the world around us. He asks those important questions and arrives at unexpected answers.
For instance, it's customary to survey companies before and after implementation of minimum wage laws to demonstrate that they've fared tolerably. However, companies that have failed during the transition are not surveyed. Sowell points out that, by that logic, Russian Roulette could be shown to be a perfectly safe recreational activity. He has a similar view on the "safety" of minimum wage laws.
Not an essay goes by that doesn't make me gasp with a mixture of delight, surprise, and horror that I never thought of that before.
what can I say the guy is no nonsense.. cuts right to the heart of economics and race issues...
so much wisdom from a great perspective, a black American that has been an academic and soldier and lived through so many years of changing culture and conditions
A thoughtful discussion of living responsibly, using various illustrations, as well as a compendium of thought explaining the differences found in diverse cultures.
"Reality and the Intellectual are opposites."
Very informative about so much, which is not really what it looks like on the surface, as defined by the Statist. The "do goder" leads to negative consequences for those the Statist tries to help.
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