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Author: Thomas Sowell Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781481570374
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These wide-ranging essays—on various political, economic, cultural, and legal issues—have as a recurring, underlying theme the decline of the values and institutions that have sustained and advanced American society for more than two centuries. This decline has been more than erosion. It has, in many cases, been a deliberate dismantling of American values and institutions by people convinced that their superior wisdom and virtue must override both the traditions of the country and the will of the people.

Whether these essays (originally published as syndicated newspaper columns) are individually about financial bailouts, illegal immigrants, gay marriage, national security, or the Duke University rape case, the underlying concern is about what these very different kinds of things say about the general direction of American society.

This larger and longer-lasting question is whether the particular issues discussed reflect a degeneration or dismantling of the America that we once knew and expected to pass on to our children and grandchildren. There are people convinced that this country’s values, history, laws, traditions, and role in the world are fundamentally wrong and must be changed. Such people will not stop dismantling America unless someone stops them—and the next election may be the last time to do so, before they take the country beyond the point of no return.

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    Publishers Weekly on Black Rednecks, White Liberals

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  • “Thomas Sowell is, in my opinion, the most original and interesting philosopher at work in America.”

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    " Brilliant. If only everyone had the ability to think this clearly on these important political and economic issues. "

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    " Lucid. Wise. Moral. This man has a brilliant, educated mind, yet his talent for expressing common sense would make it seem an insult to call him an "intellectual." "

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Page | 1/9/2014

    " Dr. Sowell should be required reading of every American. It's a shame young black kids remain unaware of such a brilliant mind and scholar. I think this is done on purpose to keep segments of our population thinking only one way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandy | 11/19/2013

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charles | 11/18/2013

    " I couldn't make it past the introduction and first chapter. I can't stand authors who are so sure they have found the one great truth for all people in all times. Blah! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 11/2/2013

    " Outstanding book which exposes the hidden agenda of the progressives in both political parties "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 8/19/2013

    " Great book which exposes the hidden agenda of the progressives in both political parties. This book is a great read and easy to understand. However, if you read "Economics in One Lesson" first, then read this book, you will better understand the deeper implications of what this book exposes... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Void | 7/5/2013

    " Though Sowell is always brilliant this is probably his book that impressed me the least, not because it was badly written or had bad research, on the contrary, but because it's more a pieced together collection of articles and at times you can feel the (implicit) repetition of ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 2/26/2013

    " This was just a republication of many of his weekly essays from the past few years. I had read a majority of these already, so there wasn't much new material for me. "

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    " not my cup of tea "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 4/29/2012

    " This is a collection of essays and articles and suffers a little for it. Sowell is worth reading but I wouldn't start here. "

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ms.petra | 2/5/2012

    " If I could, I would give this collection of essays by impeccable analyst, Thomas Sowell, a 3.5 rating. Definitely not Keynesian economics, but thought provoking regardless of your politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Page | 4/27/2011

    " Dr. Sowell should be required reading of every American. It's a shame young black kids remain unaware of such a brilliant mind and scholar. I think this is done on purpose to keep segments of our population thinking only one way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ms.petra | 12/15/2010

    " If I could, I would give this collection of essays by impeccable analyst, Thomas Sowell, a 3.5 rating. Definitely not Keynesian economics, but thought provoking regardless of your politics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 11/24/2010

    " This was just a republication of many of his weekly essays from the past few years. I had read a majority of these already, so there wasn't much new material for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 9/28/2010

    " Outstanding book which exposes the hidden agenda of the progressives in both political parties "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patiolinda | 8/25/2010

    " not my cup of tea "

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

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.