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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Sowell Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 Cultures shows 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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  • “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.”

    Amazon.com 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris Hunt | 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 by 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 by 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 by Fred R | 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." "

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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.