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3.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 5 3.85 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Sowell Narrator: James Bundy Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455169429
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One of the greatest dramas in all of modern times involves the peopling of America. In Ethnic America, Thomas Sowell provides a useful and concise record tracing the history of nine ethnic groups: the Irish, the Germans, the Jews, the Italians, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Blacks, the Puerto Ricans, and the Mexicans.

Sowell offers perspective-building facts—there are more people of Irish ancestry in the United States than in Ireland and more Jews than in Israel—and explains each ethnic group’s varied experiences in adapting to American society.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Ethnic America is at once useful as a concise history of major ethnic groups and significant as a quiet but powerful attack on liberal beliefs about minorities, racism, segregation, and affirmative action.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[This] should be required reading for anyone interested in policy questions involving race and ethnicity…The book’s extraordinary merit is its application of demographic and economic analysis to historical and social materials.”

    New Republic

  • National Review’s 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Century

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yonnibardavi | 12/8/2013

    " Everyone should read this book. It is certain that I do not agree with everything Mr. Sowell writes, but he makes some very good point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 10/4/2013

    " Kinda boring really, but good info. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ethan | 3/12/2012

    " I found it to be a little dry and some of the info seemed outdated (1972 Census), but overall it was interesting to learn about the settlement and employment patterns of immigrants as the came to the US. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tao | 1/27/2012

    " Interesting stories about ethnic groups in America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Bundy | 1/26/2012

    " One of the best books I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yue (Molly) Tu | 12/14/2011

    " Great book, if only it has an updated version! View from 40 years ago... The last few chapters are especially insightful and could apply to other minority groups, such as women. Gave it four stars before finishing I but now think it should be a five. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cavalier973 | 8/26/2011

    " A really good survey of the different immigrant groups that came to the United States, and the impact each group had on the economics and culture of the nation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Hughes | 7/30/2011

    " A really fascinating read. I learned some neat things about my own ethnic group as well as the many others that make up America. "

  • 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 "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell 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 for newspapers across the country.

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.