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Author: Thomas Sowell Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781483072142
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Bestselling author Thomas Sowell brings his insight and erudition to bear on one of the key issues of our time—immigration—supplying context, insight, and reason to an inflamed debate that could very well dissolve the social fabric of our country.

Most commentators look at the issue of immigration from the viewpoint of immediate politics. In doing so, they focus on only a piece of the issue and lose touch with the larger picture. Now Thomas Sowell offers a sweeping historical and global look at a large number of migrations over a long period of time.Migrations and Culturesshows the persistence of cultural traits in particular racial and ethnic groups, and the role these groups’ relocations play in redistributing skills, knowledge, and other forms of “human capital.” This book answers the question: What are the effects of disseminating the patterns of the particular set of skills, attitudes, and lifestyles each ethnic group has carried forth—both for the immigrants and for the host countries, in social as well as economic terms?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deflates any windbag oratory about the United States being a unique land of opportunity, where migrants succeed by discarding their former culture and leaping naked into the great melting pot…This is a lively and provocative book that is important reading for anyone who thinks we have too many immigrants or too few, who favors affirmative action and multicultural programs or opposes them.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “To future generations, the late twentieth century may come to be known as the time of the DPs: Displaced Persons. Migration and refugeeism are raising inflammatory issues from unified Germany to the Tex-Mex border. Into this whirlpool of half-truths, sermons, prejudices, and fears dives Hoover Institution economist and syndicated columnist Thomas Sowell. It is not necessary to agree with all of Sowell’s views to admire his imposing attempt to arrive at a theory of migration and culture. Or to succumb to his fascinating tales of how immigrants from Germany, Japan, China, and other countries have coped—and excelled—on strange new shores.” Review

  • “Interesting insights abound…comprehensive and detailed.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Thomas Sowell is not only one of the most prolific intellectuals writing today, he remains one of the most insightful…While some social scientists battle endlessly over whether racism or race itself explains differences in achievement between groups, Sowell offers a more subtle and convincing argument for the importance of skills.”

    Linda Chavez, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity

  • “Thomas Sowell has done it again…This is a vital contribution to a debate that has been framed far too narrowly.”

    Donald L. Horowitz, Duke University School of Law

  • “Sowell is one of the wonders of the American intellectual world and this book once again illustrates why.”

    Peter Brimelow, author of Alien Nation

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 7/19/2013

    " Thomas Sowell knows why races and cultures are the way they are. This is a "big picture" book, mind-expanding, horizon-broadening, and all that. Fascinating book with lots of detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Inert1 | 7/28/2012

    " Sowell looks at the histories of Germans, Italians, Japanese, Chinese, Jews, and Indians as migrants. He provides extensive information to support his overall observations, and is cautious in his generalizations. I feel much more well informed about immigration than when I started reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 8/27/2011

    " Powerful. This book changed my thinking on immigration by about 175 degrees. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 4/30/2011

    " Sowell's "Culture" trilogy is like a more historically informed (although less grandiose) version of Diamond's famous "Guns, Germs, and Steel." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 11/4/2010

    " Very difficult to get through but interesting. I'm a fan of Thomas Sowell but this is one of the more difficult to read books of his. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 9/24/2010

    " Like a diamond.

    I wrote a review a few minutes ago but I think I didn't save it properly. Will write another soon.

    The book is about the effect of people going outside their expertise and it being ineffective to actually help.

    My re-review still to come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 8/24/2010

    " Excellent. Amazing what elites will do when blinded by their own certainty and arrogance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 5/24/2010

    " A book by a public intellectual about public intellectuals, but not for public intellectuals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted | 4/16/2010

    " Can't go wrong with Sowell. Intellectuals and Society evaluates the people that form our culture to a surprising extent, but never pay for poor results(which come about all too often). Important read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 3/10/2010

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

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

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening selection, an AudioFile “Best Narration of the Year” selection in 2009, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has also been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She is an award-winning British actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.