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These selections from the many writings of Thomas Sowell over a period of a half century cover social, economic, cultural, legal, educational, and political issues. The sources range from Dr. Sowells letters, books, newspaper columns, and articles in both scholarly journals and popular magazines. The topics range from late-talking children to “tax cuts for the rich,” baseball, race, war, the role of judges, medical care, and the rhetoric of politicians. These topics are dealt with by sometimes drawing on history, sometimes drawing on economics, and sometimes drawing on a sense of humor.

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"Prolific and award-winning economist Sowell presents an engaging and accessible collection of short essays culled from his books and columns. In his 30-some previous books, Sowell has addressed everything from social theory to political philosophy, and this selection offers a representative sampling that especially shines in its discussion of education and the academy. Criticizing antielitism in the educational system, he claims that students cannot all be taught at the same pace, unless 'the pace is slowed down to accommodate the lowest denominator.' He convinces readers that 'unusually bright children are too often treated like stepchildren by the American educational system,' blaming this on a 'general hostility to anything that might be construed as intellectual elitism.' Sowell mingles anecdote with analysis, drawing upon his personal history to bolster his arguments. Recalling a research project he directed, for which he received money to hire a ' â€˜minority' professional,' he ruminates on how 'minority' has become a 'politically corrupted word.' The book concludes with a section titled 'Random Thoughts,' filled with Sowell's quotable quotes and adages: among them is 'ideology is fairy tales for adults,' which could summarize the entire reader. Sowell's careful explicating of and grappling with issues allow his thoughts to be clearly exhibited, understood, and welcomed. Even leftist thinkers will appreciate Sowell's personal charm and intellectual rigor." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

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 published in both academic journals and such popular media as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Investors Business Daily, and Fortune, and he writes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465022502
Author:
Sowell, Thomas
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Prolific and award-winning economist Sowell presents an engaging and accessible collection of short essays culled from his books and columns. In his 30-some previous books, Sowell has addressed everything from social theory to political philosophy, and this selection offers a representative sampling that especially shines in its discussion of education and the academy. Criticizing antielitism in the educational system, he claims that students cannot all be taught at the same pace, unless 'the pace is slowed down to accommodate the lowest denominator.' He convinces readers that 'unusually bright children are too often treated like stepchildren by the American educational system,' blaming this on a 'general hostility to anything that might be construed as intellectual elitism.' Sowell mingles anecdote with analysis, drawing upon his personal history to bolster his arguments. Recalling a research project he directed, for which he received money to hire a ' â€˜minority' professional,' he ruminates on how 'minority' has become a 'politically corrupted word.' The book concludes with a section titled 'Random Thoughts,' filled with Sowell's quotable quotes and adages: among them is 'ideology is fairy tales for adults,' which could summarize the entire reader. Sowell's careful explicating of and grappling with issues allow his thoughts to be clearly exhibited, understood, and welcomed. Even leftist thinkers will appreciate Sowell's personal charm and intellectual rigor." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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