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Using an international framework, Sowell analyzes how much a racial group’s economic fate is determined by the surrounding society and how much by internal patterns that follow that same group around the world.

©2012 Thomas Sowell (P)2012 Blackstone

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Very interesting material, with not very good audi

Where does The Economics and Politics of Race rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The content would be pretty high, but issues with the audio brought down the overall experience. I'm not sure if I would recommend this read to anyone

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The content was very interesting and presented in a way that you would likely never hear in school.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Audio was awful and I had a lot of issues hearing every word clearly.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This shouldn't be a film

Any additional comments?

It is always good to hear the views of both sides of a story. It was pretty enlightening to see how so much information in our modern life is framed in order to bolster the position of one side over another.

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eye opening

a wonderful survey of races and cultures often left out of the discussion on race and races and cultures over represented in the discussion in an objective light with critical evaluation of commonly misunderstood metrics.

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Explaining the value of human capital

One of the finest and most thorough explanations of the futility of prejudice and governmental attempts to remedy past descrimination beyond freeing an oppressed group. The book was written in 1984, but is just as up to date as if it were written yesterday. The only things missing are current examples which would not add significantly to the clarity of the points well made by Mr. Sowell.

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excellent history book

if you want to better understand how culture affects groups economically; then this book is an essential starting point to organize your framework.

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Excellent book, very poor narration quality

Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Morris’s performances?

No. The volume fluctuates from acceptable to nearly inaudible which makes it very difficult to hear. Also, there are constant, sharp, whistling "s" sounds. I've listened to many other books and the others have been fine either playing on my portable audio device with headphones and through my car's speaker system. Also, apart from the quality of the narration, this book suffers from the same problem as many of the other books I've got on audible. I keep hearing faint noises in the background. I don't know what that's about. My speculation is that it's some sort of copyright protection audio watermark, but I find it to be annoying.

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The overall book is original, but the individual examples are not wholly original to Sowell's works. For example, he's talked about the phenomenon of middle-men minorities and other minorities which quickly surpassed native majorities economically (the Jews in many countries, the expatriate Chinese in SE Asia and the US, the Lebanese in Africa, Italians in Argentina, etc.) in at least a few of his other books. It wouldn't be just to consider this a criticism, as his examples are many and wide ranging in terms of geography and time. As I've read or listened to almost every other book by Sowell, I wasn't going to miss this one; I thought it was good, but not his best.

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Thomas Sowell is a genius.

This book was informative and eye-opening. As usual, Dr. Sowelll delivers. Many myths are shattered and many misconceptions dispelled. Thank you Dr. Sowell for continuing to illuminate the world with your knowledge.