Books by Thomas Sowell

WEALTH, POVERTY AND POLITICS by Thomas Sowell
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Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"While Sowell offers no pat solutions, his implied argument that cultural considerations must inform any serious attempt at improving the economic prospects of an underperforming nation or group merits serious consideration."
A provocative analysis of the universal causes of economic success and failure. Read full book review >
INTELLECTUALS AND RACE by Thomas Sowell
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Released: March 12, 2013

"The benefit of slavery is but one of the firebombs lobbed within a book that more are likely to find infuriating than enlightening."
A conservative professor of economics and public policy argues that conventional attitudes about racism and social injustice are not only wrong, but harmful as well, in an analysis that will spark outrage among the liberal intellectuals that he targets. Read full book review >
THE THOMAS SOWELL READER by Thomas Sowell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A solid, representative collection by a writer and thinker whom one either agrees with or not—and there's not much middle ground on which to stand."
"Ideology is fairy tales for adults." Thus writes economist and conservative maven Sowell in a best-of volume shot through with…ideology. Read full book review >
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Released: Feb. 15, 2001

"Sowell's economics in a social vacuum is as meaningful as color in the absence of light."
From conservative think-tanker Sowell (The Quest for Cosmic Justice, 1999, etc.), ideological balderdash parading as a disinterested introduction to economics. Read full book review >
A PERSONAL ODYSSEY by Thomas Sowell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 2000

"Hard-edged, tough-minded, and unabashedly opinionated, but a refreshingly frank record of a controversial life."
From African-American economist and author Sowell, a forthright memoir of growing up the hard way in Harlem—without a father, but with an admirable refusal to compromise one's principles. Read full book review >
THE QUEST FOR COSMIC JUSTICE by Thomas Sowell
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Released: Oct. 1, 1999

A cosmic straw man is vanquished in the fight against dangerous ideals such as social justice and equality. Read full book review >
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Released: May 27, 1998

"Fascinating analysis vitiated, over the course of this trilogy, by repetition, insulting national comparisons, and superficial history."
Hoover Institution scholar-in-residence Sowell concludes a trilogy that began with Race and Culture (1994) and Migrations and Cultures (1996) by considering—in sometimes stimulating, sometimes muddled fashion—the momentous consequences of long-term military occupation on subject peoples. Read full book review >
LATE-TALKING CHILDREN by Thomas Sowell
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Released: Aug. 6, 1997

"Hardly definitive, but should ease the minds of worried parents."
A father's first-person account of his young son's difficulties in learning to talk, his surprising discoveries about other late talkers, and some intriguing speculation about the causes of this problem. Read full book review >
MIGRATIONS AND CULTURES by Thomas Sowell
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Released: April 1, 1996

"In consequence, his fact-filled text falls well short of its potential to inform, let alone enlighten."
Sowell here fills in some of the background on ethnic groups he surveyed in his 1994 Race and Culture. Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 2, 1995

"Sowell's venomous tone dominates his own, sometimes thin evidence, making this a polarizing screed rather than a rational argument."
Conservative gadfly Sowell doesn't like the vision thing—at least, not as long as the vision is that of his political opponents on the left. Read full book review >
RACE AND CULTURE by Thomas Sowell
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Released: Aug. 3, 1994

"While rightly assailing historical judgments colored by ideological dogma, Sowell himself is guilty of this failing, albeit with a conservative rather than a liberal bias."
Half-baked comparisons of world ethnic groups and nationalities pepper this conservative analysis from columnist and Hoover Institution economist Sowell (Inside American Education, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
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Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"All in all, the details of Sowell's indictment—that not only can't Johnny think, but 'Johnny doesn't know what thinking is'—are more entertaining than persuasive or new."
American schools at every level, from kindergarten to postgraduate programs, have substituted ideological indoctrination for education, charges conservative think-tanker Sowell (Senior Fellow/Hoover Institution; Preferential Polices, 1990, etc.) in this aggressive attack on the contemporary educational establishment. Read full book review >
Released: June 27, 1990

"Perhaps not the last word on affirmative action, but valuable in pointing out how empirically unproven much of the current thought on that issue is."
Sowell (A Conflict of Visions, 1986, etc.), the controversial economist from the Hoover Institution, now examines and indicts affirmative action on a worldwide basis. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 1986

"Moreover, this capitalism has probably done more than anything else to destroy other features of the systemic process—family traditions and cultural values—a contention democratic leftists make today but which Sowell ignores."
A broadly sweeping philosophical analysis, Sowell's new book performs a useful service for people interested in contemporary politics: it attempts to lay out objectively the basic differences between the liberal and conservative visions. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 1985

"History is not one of Sowell's strong suits—nor is the critical analysis of Marxism."
It's hard to imagine who conservative economist Sowell (Hoover Institution) had in mind as readers for this introductory textbook/polemic. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 13, 1985

"A rewarding collection for those prepared to read it with an open mind."
A collection of previously published articles in which the author takes on established notions or "pseudo-ideas" in a way guaranteed to create controversy. Read full book review >
Released: April 18, 1984

"No surprises here, but Sowell's skin is thinning."
A polemic aimed at what conservative economist and author Sowell (Hoover Institution, Ethnic America, The Economics and Politics of Peace) calls the "civil rights vision." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 1983

"Reassurance for fans of laissez-faire, cold comfort for those on unemployment lines."
In Ethnic America, Prof. Read full book review >
ETHNIC AMERICA by Thomas Sowell
Released: July 10, 1981

"The account here borders on being yet another apologia for benign neglect."
For Professor Sowell (Sociology, UCLA) ethnic America presents "a story of many very different heritages. . . the story of the human spirit in its many guises." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1972

"A significant essay, appealing in its toughness, which may be praised or blamed for the wrong reasons, but should be welcomed by those who reject the paternalism and shortchanging implicit in much current black education."
An aggressive first-person critique of current fashions and procedures in higher education for black Americans. Read full book review >