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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (626 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Sowell Narrator: Tom Weine Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this devastating critique of the mindset behind the failed social policies of the past few decades, Thomas Sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in education, crime, family disintegration, and more. This is an empirical study in which “politically correct” theory is repeatedly confronted with facts, and the sharp contradictions between the two are explained in terms of a set of self-congratulatory assumptions held by political and intellectual elites. These elites—the anointed—often consider themselves “thinking people,” but this thinking is actually rhetorical assertion, followed by evasions of mounting evidence against these assertions. The vision of the anointed is seen not merely as a failure but as a fatal danger to the values and the future of American society.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An important and incisive book.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “As compelling an explanation as any for the seemingly disproportionate amount of condescension and politically correct invective that emanates from the liberal side of the political spectrum toward the conservative opposition.”

    Wall Street Journal 

  • “Sowell, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, offers some strenuous arguments.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Avid conservatives, for whom Sowell is a true-blue intellectual force, will certainly seize upon his analysis for succor.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather | 2/20/2014

    " A conservative, thought-provoking commentary on liberalism. It brings to mind the quote by Winston Churchill, "Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Richard | 2/15/2014

    " It's hard to put into words how powerful and compelling this book is. It is simply outstanding. If I had the choice between reading Thomas Sowell or an all-expenses-paid Harvard education, I would choose reading Dr Sowell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jonathan B | 2/12/2014

    " An interesting look at liberal and, to a lesser extent, neo-conservative ideology. He provides some sound responses to faulty statistics and arguments. However, I'm a bit skeptical about his psychologizing and parts of what he calls the tragic viewpoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael Connolly | 2/10/2014

    " The subtitle of this book is awesome. It implies that liberals, progressives and socialists are motivated by ego, not by compassion for the poor. For liberals, self-respect depends primarily on their political philosophy. They see themselves as a moral elite, surrounded by ignoramuses. They will resist any evidence that their methods for helping the poor do more harm than good, because to accept the truth will have the consequence of loss of self-respect. This is an argument for basing ones self-respect on something deeper than politics. The way one treats other human beings in ones personal life, and intellectual integrity, sound like good candidates to me. "

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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.