Discrimination and Disparities

Narrated by: Robertson Dean
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
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Discrimination and Disparities challenges believers in such one-factor explanations of economic outcome differences as discrimination, exploitation, or genetics. It is listenable enough for people with no prior knowledge of economics. Yet the empirical evidence with which it backs up its analysis spans the globe and challenges beliefs across the ideological spectrum.

The point of Discrimination and Disparities is not to recommend some particular policy "fix" at the end, but to clarify why so many policy fixes have turned out to be counterproductive, and to expose some seemingly invincible fallacies behind many counterproductive policies. 

The final chapter deals with social visions and their human consequences.

©2018 Thomas Sowell (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Hard Pill To Swallow - I’m better for it

At first I was not really interested in hearing about how in the economist describe discrimination and disparities. After pushing through and re-reading, and re-reading again and again Thomas Sowell has more than one good point. It was hard pill to swallow.

I’m a Self proclaimed a liberal and this book really provided depth and some challenging conversation with myself. I’m better off pushing through and reading this book. Thomas Sowell reminds me I need to think critically and broadly and focus my efforts on the implementation science of well intentioned public policies.

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Thomas Sowell is a national treasure!

87 year old economist and author Thomas Sowell, PhD, has published over 40 books and hundreds of newspaper columns. 27 of those books are available at Audible. I usually purchase all of his books in hardcover, but Discrimination and Disparities is the 4th of his books I have reviewed at Audible. He dedicates this book to 81 year old Dr. Walter E. Williams who is an economist and his ideological soulmate in the classical liberal movement.

No one writes and speaks about facts and statistics more convincingly than Thomas Sowell. Discrimination and Disparities, released this month, should be required reading for every college freshman in the US. At 5 hours it is a short read, but long enough to destroy many commonly held economic myths. Since Sowell stopped writing his newspaper columns 15 months ago, I have missed them. This book reminds me yet again of the intellectual giant that Thomas Sowell is.

Robertson Dean's narration is excellent.

I recommend this book as well as ALL of the others Thomas Sowell has written.

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Highly recommend for seekers of facts

Fantastic use of evidence to show how socially engineered policies almost never give the outcomes they intend

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Typical Sowell

I enjoy Thomas Sowell's books, and will probably continue buying them as long as he publishes. However, you should know what you're getting; this one doesn't offer anything you have not previously heard if you've listened to his other books; it's the same concepts, just moved around a little and wrapped in a slightly different theme. Robertson Dean's narration, is, as always, perfect.

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An excellent set of new insights and summation

This is an excellent addition to Sowell’s writing. It has many new, much needed, insights and analysis. He further draws on many of his prior writings and sharpens their implications. It is a powerful distillation of much of his work. He is an invaluable source of clear thinking on complex topics.

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plan to buy kindle version for the statistics

fantastic thinking and commentary from sowell. I consider this a Capstone of his race and economic works to date

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A must read during this difficult time

disparities dont always mean discrimination. this key focus of the book was by far the most influential take away. history and facts riddle this amazing work

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One of the best books I’ve ever read

Every human alive needs to read this beautifully written, nuanced exposition on statistical reasoning. It contains the most elegant, devastating criticisms of modern policy prescriptions I have ever read.

That being said, I at first thought this book was narrated by a computer. Narrator does an adequate job, but it felt somehow plastic/manipulated. This might’ve been caused by too much noise removal in post production—who knows?

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Very interesting and insightful, but not perfect

The book is filled with interesting examples, multi-angle exploration of controversial issues, eye-opening statistics.
It had a very strong and engaging opening, although towards the end, I felt, it was too much about the racial struggle in the U.S.. Not so much about disparities, as just the history of the conflict.
Still, I believe this book is a must-read and I highly recommend it.

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Terrific as usual

If you were to recommend just one book by Thomas Sowell to a friend with no knowledge of his writing this might be it. Short and easy to understand, it is packed witht Thomas Sowell's wisdom and gives a comprehensive description of his outlook on the world. Highly recommend.

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  • Jas Singh
  • 06-16-18

Too late I found Thomas Sowell

This book sets to set straight the myth that the rich steal from the poor to get rich and that racism is the only cause of why minorities are doing less well of, this book broke down my ignorance which was built up by listening to western liberal media which has a narrative problem, putting all of societies ales on the white race or capitalism. Absolute must read

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  • Richard Denton
  • 08-26-19

Required reading

The world needs more Thomas Sowells. A voice of reason and a huge intellect.
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  • 06-03-18

fascinating

really made me reassess a lot of my own preconceptions about major social issues and governmental attempts to solve them.

thoroughly recommend

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  • User123
  • 06-19-20

Data driven

It is a book based on the use of statistics to look at why it is easy to claim discrimination but how that can lead to negative outcomes for the group.

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  • Matthew R. B. Farr
  • 06-24-20

Fantastic

A thoughtful and thought provoking primer on the complexities of discrimination. The author provides a framework for thinking about issues regarding discrimination and racism, and outlines important policy pitfalls in how to deal with this area.

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  • Tony H.
  • 06-17-20

First Class

This really puts what is happening in the USA and UK into context. A must read (listen) if you want to understand the modern world.

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  • Edward
  • 09-17-19

Very informative

Thomas Sowell is truly brilliant in his analytical and frank explanations. A brilliant successor to "Black Rednecks & White Liberals".

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  • RealityCheck
  • 02-22-19

Should be read by all the politically correct halo polishers.

Should be read by all the politically correct halo polishers and those who want to learn the truth behind social disparities - in other words everyone. Tom Sowell looks at the facts behind discrimination and comes to conclusions usually completely opposite to the politically expedient. This book is an eye opener and Dr Sowell is a jewel. He also has interviews on YouTube which are informative and entertaining as he talks about his life experiences and he is quite a character.

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  • Ervinas
  • 09-23-18

Thomas Sowell is spot on in this quick listen

Thomas Sowell is spot on in this quick listen! Everything is backed up with facts and statistics. Very smart, concise and convincing,

However the narrator sounded like robot and made it a bit annoying to listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-18-18

Stimulating book spoilt by poor narration

Thoughtful book leaving lots of room for debate. But the enjoyment of the book was reduced by a poor narration. The reader has a good tone but is monotonous and overly formal, like reading a legal document!

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  • 03-05-19

Finally

A clear argument concerning the fallacies of social justice,discrimination welfare etc. As usual Sowell did a through research and present facts against the most common assumptions 're social policies and mainstream thinking.

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  • E. J. Lizier
  • 12-02-18

Eminently sensible

Sowell delivers yet another eminently sensible and rational view via a balanced and reasonable look at statistics without either overstating or understating the case. Unlike so many who shape a narrative via the use of cherry-picked numbers, Sowell does not make claims where there are none to be made.
Get hold of everything you can by Professor Sowell and read it all.

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  • Rakhesh Martyn
  • 05-24-20

People who need to read this book probably won't

Arguments are laid out well. I'd be interested to see the print version and check whether references have been included. Either way, Thomas Sowell makes a compelling case to support his thesis.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-18

started off well but has an agenda <br />

liked it, lots of good points and backed up by evidence but can't shake the agenda within. listen, but take it with a pinch of salt