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A biography of Thomas Sowell, one of America's most influential conservative thinkers. 

Thomas Sowell is one of the great social theorists of our age. In a career spanning more than a half century, he has written over 30 books, covering topics from economic history and social inequality to political theory, race, and culture. His bold and unsentimental assaults on liberal orthodoxy have endeared him to many admirers but have also enraged fellow intellectuals, the civil-rights establishment, and much of the mainstream media. The result has been a lack of acknowledgment of his scholarship among critics who prioritize political correctness. In the first-ever biography of Sowell, Jason L. Riley gives this iconic thinker his due and responds to the detractors. Maverick showcases Sowell's most significant writings and traces the life events that shaped his ideas and resulted in a Black orphan from the Jim Crow South becoming one of our foremost public intellectuals.

©2021 Jason L. Riley (P)2021 Basic Books

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Outstanding!!!!

I’ve been reading Sowell for years & he’s had a huge impact on me. So it was great to have such an in depth look into his life. I especially appreciated quoting his personal letters & how they show what he was thinking at that time.

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Great Read

Jason did a great job. Thomas Sowell is a national treasure. His writings should be mandatory in schools. I'm so glad I discovered his work!

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A Biography of Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell, who will be 91 years old later this month, is THE towering philosophical giant of our time. A trained economist with a PhD some of his books have strayed far from his field. But whatever Sowell writes about shows an almost unique clarity of thought and writing that are his trademark. I started reading Sowell with his newspaper columns 40 years ago. Even in the few cases that I disagreed with him I had to admit he had the better logic and facts. He is an American treasure that every thoughtful person should read and study.

With the loss of Sowell's friend Walter E Williams to death last year we lost another American treasure.

Author Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal editorial board has written this beautiful biography of Thomas Sowell. My only issue is I wish it were longer, much longer. Riley has also produced a film available for free. The film is better because it contains actual interviews of the great man, but the book goes into greater detail.

I decided several weeks ago to read or reread all of Thomas Sowell's works this year and while I'm making good progress breaking for books like this is worthwhile.

So we have here a book by one of America's best journalist about the greatest living American which is read by an outstanding actor and narrator. All three are black Americans.

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Thomas Sowell, a national treasure.

I'm really glad that Jason Riley gave Thomas Sowell his due. This man is truly brilliant and a "true" intellectual. I say true intellectual because he uses his masterful mind to draw logical and rational conclusions based on empirical facts and evidence combined with his astounding knowledge in various fields. Most others, and certainly his critics, are overwhelmingly outmatched when paired against his intellect. His critics can only use the pathetically tired and disgusting attacks that the left always uses when it can't compete with an intelligent counterpoint or argument.

If our so-called leaders had a fraction of his intellect and clarity on the subjects that plague our nation and dominate our news, we'd all be so much better off.

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Every black should read about Sowell

I love the book. It exposed me to many of Sowell ideas that in constant with ideas advertised in the main stream media or by the so called black elites. What is wonderful about Thomas Sowell is that he tried be guided by facts.

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A Maverick Indeed

His only flaw is that he was born too early in the maturation process of black awareness.

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Big fan of the author and the Subject but...

Thomas Sowell is gaining a lot of popularity and Jason rushed to get this out to take advantage if it. I think Jason is better than this book.

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Outstanding Read !

Highly Recommended! An outstanding read promoting critical thinking and self-reflection. Worth the time investment!

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Thomas Sowell is an excellent person to learn from

A very good biography. Well worth your time. Enjoyed it very much. Listen to it.

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Spell binding!

I found this man's story hard to put down. You will be in awe of him once you realize the scope of his intellect, body of work, and Genius!

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Excellent intellectual biography

This really is a very good, balanced, appraisal of Thomas Sowell’s main arguments, with enough about his life that you better understand how he came to his views.
An ideal introduction to his work.