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Conquests and Cultures 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. Focusing on four major cultural areas—that of the British, the Africans (including the African Diaspora), the Slavs of Eastern Europe, and the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere, Conquests and Cultures reveals patterns that encompass not only these people but others and helps explain the role of cultural evolution in economic, social, and political development.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thomas Sowell is, in my opinion, the most original and interesting philosopher at work in America. I have learned a great deal from him and his new book is full of insights and wisdom.”

    Paul Johnson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Sowell writes…about history…that sweeps over centuries and continents, with grace and clarity.”

    Washington Times

  • “Another tour de force by one of America’s leading public intellectuals. Conquests and Cultures continues in the tradition of Sowell’s superb books, Race and Culture and Migrations and Cultures…He marshals a massive amount of scholarly material to support his ideas, and capably turns this mountain of data into straightforward prose.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Sowell’s scholarship is evident as he examines the interplay of religion, language, education, technology, and other factors in the development of nations…this book bears comparison to Fernand Braudel’s A History of Civilization. Its readable style and impressive scope make it suitable for all libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “This impressive historical study by Thomas Sowell takes a different slice at history than the usual study and by doing so provides us with new insights into the complex process of social evolution. He explores the way the conquest of one people by another has shaped our past and present from the Roman conquest of Britain to the late Soviet Empire. Sometimes the result has been to culturally enrich the conquered society; at other times the conquer has destroyed much of the culture and human capital. The perspective derived from this approach not only makes sense out of a lot of history, but serves as the basis for a thoughtful reexamination of many of our contemporary social issues.”

    Douglass North, Nobel Laureate in Economics

  • “In Conquests and Cultures, the third final volume of his brilliant trilogy, historian Thomas Sowell once again demonstrates why he is one of America’s most highly regarded original thinkers.”

    Carlo W. D’Este, military historian

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Philippe Dame | 11/28/2013

    " Interesting history lesson but incredibly dense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ricky | 6/10/2013

    " Going to start listening to audible version this week. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Void lon iXaarii | 3/24/2013

    " Probably the most interesting and most complete history walkthrough I've ever enjoyed. So many great lessons and such great research and analysis... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by B Webb | 8/18/2012

    " Excellent factual debunking of much "multicultural" misinformation using historical numbers and clear-eyed analysis. Full review to follow. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell has taught economics at Cornell, UCLA, Amherst, and other academic institutions, and his Basic Economics has been translated into six languages. He is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has been published in both academic journals and such popular media as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fortune and writes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country.