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Publisher's Summary

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. These topics are dealt with by drawing sometimes on history, sometimes on economics, and sometimes on a sense of humor.

©2011 Thomas Sowell (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Engaging and accessible…Sowell’s careful explicating of and grappling with issues allow his thoughts to be clearly exhibited, understood, and welcomed. Even leftist thinkers will appreciate Sowell’s personal charm and intellectual rigor.” (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Dave
  • Glenview, IL, United States
  • 10-20-11

The Best Book By The Smartest Guy in the Room

I've read a lot of Thomas Sowell's writing, and I found this to be the most interesting yet. It's full of pithy, intelligent shorts on a variety of subjects, but they are all unified by the clarity of his thinking. I've always found Sowell to be compelling, but this particular book actually changed my views on a couple of issues. If you already know and like Sowell, this is a great addition. If you've never read his work, this is a great place to start.

32 of 35 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant thinker!

What did you love best about The Thomas Sowell Reader?

I loved the way Robertson Dean reads this just like he completely comprehends it all. Thomas Sowell is genius with a side of chips! He's very witty, too. I'm listening to this collection of articles and essays for the second time!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The logic behind the thinking process is very compelling. When I listened to it the first time I kept saying,

What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

He actually reads this very much the way I could hear Thomas Sowell read it.

If you could give The Thomas Sowell Reader a new subtitle, what would it be?

Logical Thinking for and Increasingly Illogical World.

Any additional comments?

I just bought one of his audio books on economics! Does that make me a nerd? I don't care!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Antoine
  • Newport News, VA, United States
  • 11-10-11

Thomas Sowell does it again!

I hate to raciallize a review, but that is what I am going to do. I am an African American listener. Once upon a time I would have called myself a Democrat, at this point I am more moderate on many of my beliefs. This book which is a collection of Mr. Sowell's writings, challenged me to rethink the way I think. Thomas Sowell challenges me to rethink the way I think. In the long run I believe it has made me a better citizen. I would recommend this book for any of my friends. I would love to iconoclast Thomas Sowell and Cornell West. They are polar opposites when it comes to there politics, but not when it comes to their genius.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Eye opening.

What did you love best about The Thomas Sowell Reader?

It contains so much information that, after reading it, one feels so much knowledgeable about a myriad of topics.

What did you like best about this story?

It stimulates the desire on the reader to research further most subjects presented.

What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed his voice and his clear pronunciation of words.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I listened to this book on my long runs, when I could give it my full concentration. I loved it.

Any additional comments?

I love this book. I have already more books, from the same author, ready to be listened to.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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The best truths are those put plainly

If you could sum up The Thomas Sowell Reader in three words, what would they be?

deep simple true

Who was your favorite character and why?

Thomas Sowell <br/><br/>His brief autobiography was like the rest of his writing. Concise, interesting, full of deeper insights.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

The book has something like a hundred one-line quotables. I've probably use four already in discussions on facebook.<br/><br/>Too many to mention. The entire "random thoughts" chapter was pure gold.

Any additional comments?

I'm looking forward to my next Sowell purchase.<br/><br/>His unique life has led to a unique wisdom, and fortunately he's got both the talent and inclination to share.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Jocelyn
  • Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
  • 05-23-12

What can I say!!

Thomas Sowell is a national treasure. The first book I read was Migrations & Culture, next the Vision of the Anointed and then Race and Culture. This book is a MUST read. I will read again and again.

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Great Book!! Amazing!!!

Thomas Sowell is a genius I have been. heavily influenced by his knowledge I have. his books are amazing. Buy this book.

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A much needed voice for today

Thomas Sowell shares tidbits of wisdom in this collection of his many works that make one both appreciate and question certain aspects of education, economics, politics, government, and more. Overall a great book for any well-rounded, rational person or anyone who aspires to be such.

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Another great work by Sowell

Must read...very insightful! Loved it! I recommend everyone read it. You not agree with it, but will challenge you.

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Clear and witty explanations of complex issue.

Thomas Sowell's life is a great model for any person that wants to improve his life and not blame others or depend on the government. This book contains sound economic and life principles.

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  • SiLondon
  • 08-03-17

Yet more enjoyable brilliance from Sowell.

Love his books and this neat little collection is no exception. if you've never read him before, this book would be a good introduction.

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  • Terje
  • 07-07-13

Reality and the Intellectual are opposites.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very informative about so much, which is not really what it looks like on the surface, as defined by the Statist. The "do goder" leads to negative consequences for those the Statist tries to help.

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  • Jacob
  • 07-19-17

Loved it!

my favorite book out of my collection of books so far. going to read another one

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  • chris
  • 06-22-17

awesome

as usual you clarify for me that which i instinctively know but am not allowed to say mr sowell! thank you