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Author: Thomas Sowell Narrator: James Bundy Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781481540537
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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?

Armed with vast statistical research, Sowell deftly refutes the key assumptions on which the Civil Rights movement (as we know it today) was erected: "that discrimination leads to poverty and other adverse social consequences and...that adverse statistical disparities imply discrimination." He surgically probes the fundamental racial issues, e.g., affirmative action and busing, women's issues, and the Equal Rights Amendment.

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  • “A brutally frank, perceptive, and important contribution to the national debate over the means to achieve equality and social justice for minorities and women.”

    New York Times

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quint | 11/9/2012

    " A very good alternate point of view. He made some logic mistakes but this book is great for understanding why some concepts don't work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gorgegnh | 8/15/2012

    " This blew me away. I was blind to how many of my ideas about civil rights were based on rhetoric and not facts! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curtiss | 7/18/2012

    " A brief look at the contrast between the outcome promised by the civil rights "vision" and the reality of imposed quotas and increased unemployment, poverty, and reduced educational outcomes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 6/2/2012

    " This is an outstanding book on the degeneration of the Civil Rights movement citing sources and making very logical arguments. Worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Damion | 12/17/2011

    " Civil Rights: It's all rhetoric! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted | 11/11/2011

    " Amazing! A realistic and honest account in every aspect. All the ammo you could ask for as a conservative and a must read for anyone on the fence between the left and right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 3/9/2011

    " Very insightful. Dr. Sowell makes you think, and then think again. I am enthusiastic about reading more of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/27/2011

    " Another Thomas Sowell home run. Equal outcomes are not the same as equal opportunity. This book is short and still valid today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gorgegnh | 10/2/2010

    " This blew me away. I was blind to how many of my ideas about civil rights were based on rhetoric and not facts! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 7/5/2010

    " Another Thomas Sowell home run. Equal outcomes are not the same as equal opportunity. This book is short and still valid today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curtiss | 12/16/2008

    " A brief look at the contrast between the outcome promised by the civil rights "vision" and the reality of imposed quotas and increased unemployment, poverty, and reduced educational outcomes.
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About the Author

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of dozens of books and the recipient of various awards, including the National Humanities Medal, presented by the president of the United States in 2003.

About the Narrator

James Bundy is an actor, director, and theater manager. In 2002, the Harvard and Yale School of Drama graduate became dean of the Yale School of Drama.