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  • Basic Economics, Fifth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy | Thomas Sowell

    Basic Economics, Fifth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

    • ORIGINAL (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
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    In this fifth edition of Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell revises and updates his popular book on commonsense economics, bringing the world into clearer focus through a basic understanding of the fundamental economic principles and how they explain our lives. Drawing on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history, Sowell explains basic economic principles for the general public in plain English.

    B. Davis says: "Great Publication"
  • Black Rednecks and White Liberals | Thomas Sowell

    Black Rednecks and White Liberals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Hugh Mann
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    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.

    J. Johnston says: "Great Book, Somewhat Misleading Title"
  • Wealth, Poverty, and Politics: An International Perspective | Thomas Sowell

    Wealth, Poverty, and Politics: An International Perspective

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By David Cochran Heath
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    In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in the country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. Pundits and politically motivated economists trumpet ambiguous statistics and sensational theories while ignoring the true determinant of income inequality: the production of wealth.

    Doug says: "Important Contribution"
  • The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy | Thomas Sowell

    The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
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    In this devastating critique of the mindset behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years, Thomas Sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes, but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in education, crime, family disintegration, and more.

    Dan says: "One of the best books I've ever listened to..."
  • The Thomas Sowell Reader | Thomas Sowell

    The Thomas Sowell Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    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.

    Susannah says: "Brilliant thinker!"
  • Economic Facts and Fallacies | Thomas Sowell

    Economic Facts and Fallacies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
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    Economic Facts and Fallacies is designed for people who want to understand economic issues without getting bogged down in economic jargon, graphs, or political rhetoric. Writing in a lively manner that does not require any prior knowledge of economics, Thomas Sowell exposes some of the most popular fallacies about economic issues, including many that are widely disseminated in the media and by politicians.

    Hayyamini says: "Everything everyone needs to know about economics"
  • Basic Economics, Fourth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy | Thomas Sowell

    Basic Economics, Fourth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
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    The fourth edition of Basic Economics is both expanded and updated. A new chapter on the history of economics itself has been added, and the implications of that history examined. Among other additions throughout the book, a new section on the special role of corporations in the economy has been added to the chapter on government and big business.

    kevin says: "Myth Buster"
  • A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles | Thomas Sowell

    A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Michael Edwards
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    In this book, which the author calls a "culmination of 30 years of work in the history of ideas", Sowell attempts to explain the ideological difference between liberals and conservatives as a disagreement over the moral potential inherent in nature. Those who see that potential as limited prefer to constrain governmental authority, he argues. They feel that reform is difficult and often dangerous, and put their faith in family, custom, law, and traditional institutions.

    Sierra Bravo says: "Not a lite listen"
  • Intellectuals and Race | Thomas Sowell

    Intellectuals and Race

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    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. The book 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.

    Joseph Ivy says: "Simply superb"
  • Marxism: Philosophy and Economics | Thomas Sowell

    Marxism: Philosophy and Economics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Christopher Louis
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    Marxism is a term that many people freely use, but few seem to grasp its implications. Sowell's book is the antidote to this problem. He writes in a fluid and easy-to-follow manner, leading the listener through the Marxian scheme of ideas. Along the way, he shatters some existing interpretations of Marx-interpretations that have developed through repetition rather than through scholarship.

    Stephen B. Landon says: "Maybe my expectations were misplaced?"
  • Conquests and Cultures: An International History | Thomas Sowell

    Conquests and Cultures: An International History

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    This book is the culmination of fifteen years of research and travels that have taken the author completely around the world twice. Its purpose has been to try to understand the role of cultural differences within nations and between nations, today and over the centuries of history, in shaping the economic and social fates of peoples and of whole civilizations.

    Mark says: "Time very well spent"
  • The Housing Boom and Bust | Thomas Sowell

    The Housing Boom and Bust

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    There was no single, dramatic event that set the current financial crisis off. A whole series of very questionable decisions by many people, in many places, over a period of years, built up the pressures that led to a sudden collapse of the housing market and of financial institutions that began to fall like dominoes as a result of investing in securities based on housing prices. This book is designed to unravel the tangled threads of that story.

    Adolphe says: "Inciteful Non partisan blame"
  • Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One: Second Edition | Thomas Sowell

    Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One: Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Bill Wallace
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    Applied Economics is an accessible guide to how our economic decisions develop. It explains the application of economics to major world problems, including housing, medical care, discrimination, and the economic development of nations. The book is based on an international view of economics, includes examples from around the world, and shows how certain incentives and constraints produce similar outcomes among disparate peoples and cultures.

    Eunice says: "Look at the long term...it's important!"
  • Knowledge and Decisions | Thomas Sowell

    Knowledge and Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    This reissue of Thomas Sowell’s classic study of decision making, which includes a preface by the author, updates his seminal work in the context of The Vision of the Anointed. Sowell, one of America’s most celebrated public intellectuals, describes in concrete detail how knowledge is shared and disseminated throughout modern society. He warns that society suffers from an ever-widening gap between firsthand knowledge and decision making—a gap that threatens not only our economic and political efficiency but our very freedom.

    Doug says: "Thomas Sowell's Greatest Work"
  • Intellectuals and Society | Thomas Sowell

    Intellectuals and Society

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
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    This is a study of how intellectuals as a class affect modern societies by shaping the climate of opinion in which official policies develop, on issues ranging from economics to law to war and peace. You will hear a withering and clear-eyed critique about (but not for) intellectuals that explores their impact on public opinion, policy, and society at large.

    Wayne says: "Dr. Thomas Sowell is a national treasure"
  • Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality? | Thomas Sowell

    Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality?

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By James Bundy
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    Thomas Sowell takes a tough, factual look at whether the civil rights movement has lived up to its hopes or its rhetoric. In the decades since the historic Supreme Court decision on desegregation, who has gained and who has lost? Which of the assumptions behind the civil rights revolution have stood the test of time, and which have proven to be mistaken or even catastrophic to those who were supposed to be helped?

    Borgnimbblefoot says: "You will not learn this in school......."
  • Dismantling America | Thomas Sowell

    Dismantling America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    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.

    Laura says: "Nice Collection of Essays"
  • Race and Culture: A World View | Thomas Sowell

    Race and Culture: A World View

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
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    In his book Race and Culture, Sowell asks the question: “What is it that allows certain groups to get ahead?” and the answer will undoubtedly create debates for years to come. The thesis of Race and Culture is that productive skills are the key to understanding the economic advancement of particular racial or ethnic groups, as well as countries and civilizations - and that the spread of those skills, whether through migration or conquest, explains much of the advancement of the human race.

    WSV1975 says: "Some authors still have integrity and courage!"
  • Ethnic America | Thomas Sowell

    Ethnic America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By James Bundy
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    Thomas Sowell provides us with a useful and concise record tracing the history of nine ethnic groups: Irish, Germans, Jews, Italians, Chinese, Japanese, Blacks, Puerto Ricans, and Mexicans.

  • A Personal Odyssey | Thomas Sowell

    A Personal Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
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    Here is the gritty, powerful story of Thomas Sowell's life-long education in the school of hard knocks, a journey that took him from Harlem to the Marines, the Ivy League, and a career as a controversial writer, teacher, and economist in government and private industry. It is also the story of the dramatically changing times in which this personal odyssey took place.

    M. Ramsour says: "Helps you understand the man"
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