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    • Discrimination and Disparities

    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thomas Sowell is a national treasure!

    • By Wayne on 03-29-18

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Basic Economics, Fifth Edition

    • A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 23 hrs and 46 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
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    In this fifth edition of Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell revises and updates his popular book on commonsense economics, bringing the world into clearer focus through a basic understanding of the fundamental economic principles and how they explain our lives. Drawing on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history, Sowell explains basic economic principles for the general public in plain English.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Book on Basic Economics

    • By DWR on 02-10-15

    Regular price: $38.46

    • Black Rednecks and White Liberals

    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Hugh Mann
    • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
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      5 out of 5 stars 1,118

    This explosive new audiobook challenges many of the long-held assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans and Nazis, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on the trendy intellectuals of our times as well as historic interpreters of American life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book, Somewhat Misleading Title

    • By J. Johnston on 05-15-09

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Quest for Cosmic Justice

    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 226
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    This book is about the great moral issues underlying many of the headline-making political controversies of our times. It is not a comforting book but a book about disturbing and dangerous trends. The Quest for Cosmic Justice shows how confused conceptions of justice end up promoting injustice, how confused conceptions of equality end up promoting inequality, and how the tyranny of social visions prevents many people from confronting the actual consequences of their own beliefs and policies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Essential reading. Well said.

    • By Objective Reviewr on 09-07-17

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Marxism

    • Philosophy and Economics
    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Christopher Louis
    • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
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    Marxism is a term that many people freely use, but few seem to grasp its implications. Sowell's book is the antidote to this problem. He writes in a fluid and easy-to-follow manner, leading the listener through the Marxian scheme of ideas. Along the way, he shatters some existing interpretations of Marx-interpretations that have developed through repetition rather than through scholarship.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A must read, but a hard one!

    • By Keyvan on 09-19-16

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Economic Facts and Fallacies

    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 568
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    Economic Facts and Fallacies is designed for people who want to understand economic issues without getting bogged down in economic jargon, graphs, or political rhetoric. Writing in a lively manner that does not require any prior knowledge of economics, Thomas Sowell exposes some of the most popular fallacies about economic issues, including many that are widely disseminated in the media and by politicians.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not for closed minds

    • By Donald on 09-10-10

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Wealth, Poverty, and Politics

    • An International Perspective
    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 835
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    In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in the country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. Pundits and politically motivated economists trumpet ambiguous statistics and sensational theories while ignoring the true determinant of income inequality: the production of wealth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Important Contribution

    • By Doug on 09-16-15

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Vision of the Anointed

    • Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364
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    In this devastating critique of the mindset behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years, Thomas Sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes, but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in education, crime, family disintegration, and more.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best books I've ever listened to...

    • By Dan on 07-29-14

    Regular price: $19.56

    • Intellectuals and Society

    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is a study of how intellectuals as a class affect modern societies by shaping the climate of opinion in which official policies develop, on issues ranging from economics to law to war and peace. You will hear a withering and clear-eyed critique about (but not for) intellectuals that explores their impact on public opinion, policy, and society at large.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I find Thomas Sowell fascinating

    • By PhilEll72 on 08-17-13

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Race and Culture

    • A World View
    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179
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    In his book Race and Culture, Sowell asks the question: “What is it that allows certain groups to get ahead?” and the answer will undoubtedly create debates for years to come. The thesis of Race and Culture is that productive skills are the key to understanding the economic advancement of particular racial or ethnic groups, as well as countries and civilizations - and that the spread of those skills, whether through migration or conquest, explains much of the advancement of the human race.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thomas Sowell is rare breed of public intellectual

    • By PAUL on 09-03-12

    Regular price: $20.72

    • The Thomas Sowell Reader

    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 280
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant thinker!

    • By Susannah on 03-04-12

    Regular price: $25.17

    • Basic Economics, Fourth Edition

    • A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 23 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The fourth edition of Basic Economics is both expanded and updated. A new chapter on the history of economics itself has been added, and the implications of that history examined. Among other additions throughout the book, a new section on the special role of corporations in the economy has been added to the chapter on government and big business.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Myth Buster

    • By kevin on 01-30-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Knowledge and Decisions

    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
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    This reissue of Thomas Sowell’s classic study of decision making, which includes a preface by the author, updates his seminal work in the context of The Vision of the Anointed. Sowell, one of America’s most celebrated public intellectuals, describes in concrete detail how knowledge is shared and disseminated throughout modern society. He warns that society suffers from an ever-widening gap between firsthand knowledge and decision making—a gap that threatens not only our economic and political efficiency but our very freedom.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thomas Sowell's Greatest Work

    • By Doug on 12-08-12

    Regular price: $31.47

    • A Conflict of Visions

    • Ideological Origins of Political Struggles
    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Michael Edwards
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 246
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    In this book, which the author calls a "culmination of 30 years of work in the history of ideas", Sowell attempts to explain the ideological difference between liberals and conservatives as a disagreement over the moral potential inherent in nature. Those who see that potential as limited prefer to constrain governmental authority, he argues. They feel that reform is difficult and often dangerous, and put their faith in family, custom, law, and traditional institutions.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not a lite listen

    • By Sierra Bravo on 06-13-07

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Conquests and Cultures

    • An International History
    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364
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    This book is the culmination of fifteen years of research and travels that have taken the author completely around the world twice. Its purpose has been to try to understand the role of cultural differences within nations and between nations, today and over the centuries of history, in shaping the economic and social fates of peoples and of whole civilizations.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Conquests and Cultures

    • By Frank on 04-22-11

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Intellectuals and Race

    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 276
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 275

    Intellectuals and Race is a radical book in the original sense - one that goes to the root of the problem. The role of intellectuals in racial strife is explored in an international context that puts the American experience in a wholly new light. The book explores the incentives, the visions, and the rationales that drive intellectuals at the highest levels to conclusions that have often turned out to be counterproductive and even disastrous, not only for particular racial or ethnic groups but for societies as a whole.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Satisfying Indictment of the Intelligentsia

    • By Andrew on 12-27-16

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Civil Rights

    • Rhetoric or Reality?
    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: James Bundy
    • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
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    Thomas Sowell takes a tough, factual look at whether the civil rights movement has lived up to its hopes or its rhetoric. In the decades since the historic Supreme Court decision on desegregation, who has gained and who has lost? Which of the assumptions behind the civil rights revolution have stood the test of time, and which have proven to be mistaken or even catastrophic to those who were supposed to be helped?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You will not learn this in school.......

    • By Borgnimbblefoot on 06-13-09

    Regular price: $12.57

    • Migrations and Cultures

    • A World View
    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
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    Most commentators look at the issue of immigration from the viewpoint of immediate politics. In doing so, they focus on only a piece of the issue and lose touch with the larger picture. Now Thomas Sowell offers a sweeping historical and global look at a large number of migrations over a long period of time. Migrations and Cultures shows the persistence of cultural traits in particular racial and ethnic groups.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • good but a dense read

    • By AnMo on 03-27-18

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Housing Boom and Bust

    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 360
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    There was no single, dramatic event that set the current financial crisis off. A whole series of very questionable decisions by many people, in many places, over a period of years, built up the pressures that led to a sudden collapse of the housing market and of financial institutions that began to fall like dominoes as a result of investing in securities based on housing prices. This book is designed to unravel the tangled threads of that story.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Inciteful Non partisan blame

    • By Adolphe on 08-04-09

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Applied Economics

    • Thinking Beyond Stage One: Second Edition
    • By: Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallace
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 300
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    Applied Economics is an accessible guide to how our economic decisions develop. It explains the application of economics to major world problems, including housing, medical care, discrimination, and the economic development of nations. The book is based on an international view of economics, includes examples from around the world, and shows how certain incentives and constraints produce similar outcomes among disparate peoples and cultures.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Look at the long term...it's important!

    • By Eunice on 07-20-09

    Regular price: $23.07

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