Sowell, Thomas 1930-
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Most widely held works by Thomas Sowell
Ethnic America : a history by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
28 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 2,791 libraries worldwide
Thomas Sowell provides us with a fascinating record tracing the history of nine ethnic group--the Irish, the Germans, the Jews, the Italians, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Blacks, the Puerto Ricans, and the Mexicans--and explains each ethnic group's varied experience in adapting to American society.
Basic economics : a citizen's guide to the economy by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
16 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 2,416 libraries worldwide
Explains economic principles through real-world examples from history, in language free of jargon and complicated formulas.
Applied economics : thinking beyond stage one by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
26 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 2,270 libraries worldwide
Publisher description: The application of economics to major contemporary real world problems--housing, medical care, discrimination, the economic development of nations--is the theme of this new book that tackles these and other issues head on in plain language, as distinguished from the usual jargon of economists. It examines economic policies not simply in terms of their immediate effects but also in terms of their later repercussions, which are often very different and longer lasting. The interplay of politics with economics is another theme of Applied Economics, whose examples are drawn from experiences around the world, showing how similar incentives and constraints tend to produce similar outcomes among very disparate peoples and cultures.
Race and culture : a world view by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
15 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 2,054 libraries worldwide
This seminal book by one of our leading thinkers on race issues will forever change our views on race and ethnicity, culture, and the explosive policy issues that revolve around them, not only in contemporary America but in societies around the world and down through history. Race and Culture brings together more than a decade of research, encompassing dozens of ethnic groups in scores of countries around the world, to challenge most of the fundamental assumptions underlying the whole spectrum of "social science" beliefs and government policies dealing with racial and ethnic minorities. Its thesis is that differences in productive skills and cultural values are the key to understanding the advancement - or regression - of particular groups, particular countries, and whole civilizations. Thomas Sowell concludes that cultural capital has far more impact than politics, prejudice, or genetics on the social and economic fates of minorities, nations, and civilizations. The spread of these skills across the planet, whether through migration or conquest, has shaped much of the history of the world and transformed its landscape. Attempts to achieve through multiculturalism, affirmative action, or other policies what can only be achieved by the development of cultural capital are illusions and distractions only likely to make matters worse.
Inside American education : the decline, the deception, the dogmas by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
6 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,916 libraries worldwide
Our educational establishment - a vast tax-supported empire existing quasi-independently within American society - is morally and intellectually bankrupt, charges distinguished economist and social critic Thomas Sowell. And in this top-to-bottom tour of the mismanaged institutions, cynical leadership, and tendentious programs of American education, Sowell exposes the numerous "deceptions and dogmas" that have concealed or sought to justify the steep and very dangerous decline in our educational standards and practices across the board. Among the more serious ills of American education are the technically sophisticated brainwashing techniques now being applied to children and teenagers in so-called "affective education" programs; the special "peace" and "nuclear" education programs that actively promote "politically correct" attitudes; the "values clarification" and sex education curricula that portray parental and religious authority figures as agents of a repressive and unjust social and political orthodoxy; and the racial "mini-establishments" created on college campuses by minority demagogues and complaisant administrators that enshrine a self-serving ideological double standard, thus betraying the real interests of minority students. Sowell's exhaustively researched investigation draws particular attention to the wide array of textbooks and other instructional materials, promoted with astonishing success by a multi-million dollar industry styling itself a "secular humanist" movement, which fosters these ideas - ideas that are not just anti-American, Sowell maintains, but essentially totalitarian in character. These sinister curricular developments, combined with often cowardly and irresponsible management more concerned about institutional image and ranking than with fiscal integrity or a commitment to educate our youth, will breed disaster unless immediate steps are taken to reform the entire educational system.
Marxism : philosophy and economics by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
14 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,889 libraries worldwide
Migrations and cultures : a world view by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
17 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 1,794 libraries worldwide
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" from where they originated to the four corners of the earth. Each ethnic group has carried forth a particular set of skills, attitudes, and lifestyles, whether settling in Russia, Brazil, Australia, or the United States. What are the effects of disseminating these patterns - both for the immigrants and for the host countries, in social as well as economic terms? Migrations and Cultures places the sagas of particular immigrant groups within the larger history of the nations sending and receiving these groups. The book also tells the story of the resentments engendered by the achievements of immigrant groups, even though these achievements have played a major role in the advancement of the human race in general.
The economics and politics of race : an international perspective by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
11 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,652 libraries worldwide
Civil rights : rhetoric or reality by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
16 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and held by 1,606 libraries worldwide
Armed with vast statistical research, economist Thomas Sowell deftly refutes the key assumptions on which the Civil Rights Movement (as we know it today) was erected "that discrimination leads to poverty and other adverse social consequences and ... that adverse statistical disparities imply discrimination." He surgically probes the fundamental racial issues, e.g., affirmative action and busing, as well as women's issues including the Equal Rights Amendment.
Conquests and cultures : an international history by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
12 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 1,504 libraries worldwide
This book is the culmination of 15 years of research and travels that have taken the author completely around the world twice, as well as on other travels in the Mediterranean, the Baltic and around the Pacific rim. Its purpose has been to try to understand the role of cultural differences within nations and between nations, today and over centuries of history, in shaping the economic and social fates of peoples and of whole civilizations.
Economic facts and fallacies by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
18 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and Polish and held by 1,499 libraries worldwide
Exposes some of the most popular fallacies about economic issues, in a lively manner and without requiring any prior knowledge of economics by the reader. These include many beliefs widely disseminated in the media and by politicians. One of the book's themes is that fallacies are not simply crazy ideas but in fact have a certain plausibility that gives them their staying power--and makes careful examination of their flaws both necessary and important, as well as sometimes humorous.--From publisher description.
Black rednecks and white liberals by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
19 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,418 libraries worldwide
This book challenges many assumptions about blacks, Jews, Germans, slavery, and education. Plainly written and backed with documented facts, it takes on not only the trendy intellectuals of our times but also such historic interpreters of American life as Alexis de Tocqueville and Frederick Law Olmsted. In a series of long essays, Sowell presents an in-depth look at key beliefs behind many mistaken and dangerous actions, policies, and trends, and presents insights into the historical development of the ghetto culture that is today wrongly seen as a unique black identity--a culture cheered on toward self-destruction by white liberals who consider themselves "friends" of blacks. One essay presents a jolting re-examination of the tragic institution of slavery and the narrow and distorted way it is too often seen today. Another explores the reasons for the venomous hatred of Jews, and of other groups like them in countries around the world. --From publisher description.
The vision of the anointed : self-congratulation as a basis for social policy by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
7 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 1,390 libraries worldwide
Debunks myths of "political correctness," criticizes assumptions made by American social policy makers from the 1960s through the '90s, and addresses logical missteps made by political and intellectual elites.
The housing boom and bust by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
14 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,323 libraries worldwide
Explains how we got into the current economic disaster that developed out of the economics and politics of the housing boom and bust. The "creative" financing of home mortgages and "creative" marketing of financial securities based on these mortgages to countries around the world, are part of the story of how a financial house of cards was built up--and then collapsed.
A conflict of visions by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
18 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,285 libraries worldwide
Controversies in politics arise from many sources, but the conflicts which endure for generations or for centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern. This book maintains that the enduring political controversies of the past two centuries reflect radically different assumptions about the nature of man. The very meaning of such words as "freedom," "equality," "rights," and "power" is drastically different in the context of different visions of man. Issues as diverse as criminal justice, income distribution, or war and peace repeatedly show those with one vision lining up on one side and those with another lining up on the other. The varied writings of such landmark figures as Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Milton Friedman show the clear mark of one vision, while the opposite vision is manifested in another tradition which extends from Thomas Paine and Condorcet to George Bernard Shaw, John Kenneth Galbraith, and John Rawls. At the heart of the conflict are questions about the moral and intellectual capabilities of human beings, and how these capabilities vary from one individual or group to another. The historical record shows these assumptions to be surprisingly different from what is commonly believed about the basic premises of the political left and the political right. The purpose of this book is not to choose between the two principal visions of the modern era, but to show the inherent logic of each. These are not rarefied theoretical--everyone is part of the conflict, and the stakes are as real as money, power, and survival.--From publisher description.
Basic economics : a common sense guide to the economy by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
13 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 1,260 libraries worldwide
An accessible, jargon-free resource outlines the principles behind each major type of economy including capitalist, socialist, and feudal, in terms of the incentives each creates.
Preferential policies : an international perspective by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
6 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,233 libraries worldwide
Covers "government-mandated preferences for government-designated groups ... with special attention to programs in India, Nigeria, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and the United States.
Affirmative action around the world : an empirical study by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
9 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,191 libraries worldwide
The quest for cosmic justice by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
10 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 1,159 libraries worldwide
Knowledge and decisions by Thomas Sowell ( Book )
15 editions published between 1979 and 1996 in English and held by 1,131 libraries worldwide
With a new preface by the author, this updated reissue of Sowells classic study describes in concrete detail how knowledge is shared and disseminated throughout modern society. Sowell discusses how raw, unsubstantiated ideas are processed in economic, legal, and political organizations and how decisions based on this information are then made. He warns that society suffers from an ever widening gap between firsthand knowledge and decision-making, threatening not only our economic and political efficiency, but our very freedom. He points out that the irony of this growing separation of knowledge and policy is that it reflects the growing influence of intellectuals, particularly in law and politics. The book persuasively demonstrates that, in an environment influenced by intellectuals, actual knowledge gets replaced by assumptions based on an abstract and elitist social vision of what ought to be. With a new preface by the author, this reissue of Thomas Sowells classic study of decision making updates his seminal work in the context of The Vision of the Annointed , Sowell, one of Americas most celebrated public intellectuals, describes in concrete detail how knowledge is shared and disseminated throughout modern society.
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