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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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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 03-29-18

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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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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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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Sowell Does It Again

It never ceases to amaze me how Sowell is willing to state what have become "racist facts" . He goes where the evidence (especially the often overlooked evidence) leads. He always strikes me as one on very few public intellectuals in pursuit of truth not ideology.

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Really, REALLY not a fan of the narrator.

This type of narrator really destroys books centering around economic issues. It makes everything seem very cosmopolitan and sophisticated, but you completely lose track of what he's saying basically immediately. There needs to be more emotional and understanding of the literature when narrating and less matter-of-factness.

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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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Thomas Sowell is one of my favorites.

Typical of Thomas Sowell"s great intellect. He has been a favorite of mine for 40 years.

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Necessary.

Like all of Sowell's books, a must read. Of utmost importance now more than ever.

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Very enlightening.

So much information and insight in such a short book will definitely read again soon.

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  • JorgeH26
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  • 04-15-18

More fantastic knowledge from the great Sowell!

This is the second book of Dr. Sowell's that I've read (the first being Black Rednecks and White Liberals) and I am in awe of the breadth of this man's historical and economic knowledge. I truly love reading his books and the fact that he can so articulately put society into clear perspective brings me great joy. Looking forward to the next one!

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  • 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!