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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (506 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Sowell Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This title offers a withering and clear-eyed critique about—but not for—intellectuals that explores their impact on public opinion, policy, and society at large.

The thesis of Intellectuals and Society states that the influence of intellectuals is not only greater than in previous eras but also takes a very different form from that envisioned by those like Machiavelli and others who have wanted to directly influence rulers. It has not been by shaping the opinions or directing the actions of the holders of power that modern intellectuals have most influenced the course of events but by shaping public opinion in ways that affect the actions of power holders in democratic societies, whether or not those power holders accept the general vision or the particular policies favored by intellectuals. Even government leaders with disdain or contempt for intellectuals have had to bend to the climate of opinion shaped by them.

Intellectuals and Society not only examines the track record of intellectuals in the things they have advocated, but also analyzes the incentives and constraints under which their views and visions have emerged. One of the most surprising aspects of this study is how often intellectuals have been proven not only wrong, but grossly and disastrously wrong in their prescriptions for the ills of society—and how little their views have changed in response to empirical evidence of the disasters entailed by those views.

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  • “Mr. Sowell builds a devastating case against the leftist antiwar political and intellectual establishment.”

    Washington Times

  • “Sowell takes aim at the class of people who influence our public debate, institutions, and policy. Few of Sowell’s targets are left standing at the end, and those who are stagger back to their corner, bloody and bruised.”

    National Review Online

  • “Narrator Tom Weiner paces the somewhat dense material well and handles the author’s often-inflated vocabulary with ease. Thus, Weiner is able to enhance the material in a way that might trip up lesser readers. While conservatives will likely embrace Sowell’s theories, even those who disagree should appreciate the well-written points and be left with much to ponder.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robert Cooke | 2/6/2014

    " Terrific prose, easy to follow, great ideas. The elites and the benighted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeff | 2/1/2014

    " Other reviewers have provided plenty of content description, so I'll just say that I found this book an interesting read, if a little long and repetitive. Worth reading, though not the best Sowell book I've read to date (see A Conflict of Visions and The Quest for Cosmic Justice). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rita M | 1/28/2014

    " Made be evaluate and think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peter | 1/21/2014

    " If you pay attention to what is going around about you, particularly in the media and the press, Dr. Sowell laid out with great perspective, what a thinking person intuits. If you are among those who think, rather than just feel about the issues not just of today, but in the future. Read it, I suspect like many other books who challenge conventional thinking this will be dismissed. Only the smug and incurious will dismiss. "

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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.