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Sowell, Thomas 1930-

Works: 188 works in 1,040 publications in 7 languages and 67,265 library holdings
Genres: History  Cross-cultural studies  Biography  Essays 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: E184.A1, 330
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Most widely held works by Thomas Sowell
Ethnic America : a history by Thomas Sowell( Book )

25 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the story of nine different ethnic groups in American society, discussing their various reactions to the American experience, cultural and hisotrical backgrounds, patterns of difficulty, and modes of success
Race and culture : a world view by Thomas Sowell( Book )

18 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,963 WorldCat member 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
Marxism : philosophy and economics by Thomas Sowell( Book )

27 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a step-by-step introduction to Marxian theories
A conflict of visions by Thomas Sowell( Book )

44 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 1,900 WorldCat member 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
Applied economics : thinking beyond stage one by Thomas Sowell( Book )

27 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,829 WorldCat member 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
Inside American education : the decline, the deception, the dogmas by Thomas Sowell( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,769 WorldCat member 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
Migrations and cultures : a world view by Thomas Sowell( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 1,724 WorldCat member 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. Whether considering the Germans, Japanese, Italians, Chinese, Indians, or Jews, Thomas Sowell brings context, insight, and reason to an inflamed debate that threatens to dissolve the social fabric of our country
The economics and politics of race : an international perspective by Thomas Sowell( Book )

29 editions published between 1980 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 1,703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Economic facts and fallacies by Thomas Sowell( Book )

24 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,641 WorldCat member 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
Civil rights : rhetoric or reality? by Thomas Sowell( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is now more than three decades since the historic Supreme Court decision on desegregation, Brown v. Board of Education. Thomas Sowell takes a tough, factual look at what has actually happened over these decades -- as distinguished from the hopes with which they began or the rhetoric with which they continue, Who has gained and who has lost' Which of the assumptions behind the civil rights revolution have stood the test of time and which have proven to be mistaken or even catastrophic to those who were supposed to be helped'
Essays and data on American ethnic groups by Thomas Sowell( Book )

16 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 1,466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays in this volume focus on the historical and social evolution of six American ethnic groups. Thomas Sowell discusses similarities and differences in the experiences of antebellum "free persons of color," emancipated slaves and their descendants, and West Indian immigrants, and examines trends in the socioeconomic status of black Americans. In an essay on Chinese and Japanese Americans, William Peterson reviews the histories of their immigration to the United States and addresses the themes of social mobility, social pathology, and acculturation. Alice Kessler-Harris and Virginia Yans-McLaughlin similarly explore the economic and social mobility of three European immigrant groups, the Irish, the Italians, and the Jews, explaining their differential mobility by economic, educational, cultural and political factors, as well as racism. Variation in income among different ethnic groups is examined by Eric Hanushek. This author considers educational factors and local labor market forces, and emphasizes the need for understanding the latter. Richard B. Freeman focuses on racial discrimination in the academic marketplace, examining statistics on employment of black faculty in higher education. The issue of race and intelligence is reviewed by Thomas Sowell, who describes a research project on intergroup differences in mental test scores. An essay by Leon J. Kamin, which reviews data on sibling I.Q. correlations among ethnic groups, concludes the volume. (Gc)
Conquests and cultures : an international history by Thomas Sowell( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and Japanese and held by 1,466 WorldCat member 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
The vision of the anointed : self-congratulation as a basis for social policy by Thomas Sowell( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and Polish and held by 1,312 WorldCat member 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 )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 1,257 WorldCat member 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
Intellectuals and society by Thomas Sowell( Book )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sowell unravels the world of intellectuals in order to illustrate an important social phenomenon: how the thinkers of a society mold that society, leaving an impact on people in every walk of life, even if these thinkers are basically unknown to the world at large
Knowledge and decisions by Thomas Sowell( Book )

27 editions published between 1979 and 1996 in English and held by 1,202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With a new preface by the author, this reissue of Thomas Sowell's classic study of decision making updates his seminal work in the context of The Vision of the Annointed, Sowell, one of America's most celebrated public intellectuals, describes in concrete detail how knowledge is shared and disseminated throughout modern society. He warns that society suffers from an ever-widening gap between firsthand knowledge and decision making--a gap that threatens not only our economic and political efficiency, but our very freedom because actual knowledge gets replaced by assumptions based on an abstract and elitist social vision of what ought to be. Knowledge and Decisions, a winner of the 1980 Law and Economics Center Prize, was heralded as a "landmark work" and selected for this prize "because of its cogent contribution to our understanding of the differences between the market process and the process of government." In announcing the award, the center acclaimed Sowell, whose "contribution to our understanding of the process of regulation alone would make the book important, but in reemphasizing the diversity and efficiency that the market makes possible, [his] work goes deeper and becomes even more significant.""--Publisher description (LoC)
Black rednecks and white liberals by Thomas Sowell( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,197 WorldCat member 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
Affirmative action around the world : an empirical study by Thomas Sowell( Book )

14 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dismantling America : and other controversial essays by Thomas Sowell( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These wide-ranging essays--on many individual political, economic, cultural and legal issues--have as a recurring underlying theme the decline of the values and institutions that have sustained and advanced American society for more than two centuries ... Whether these essays (originally published as syndicated newspaper columns) are individually about financial bailouts, illegal immigrants, gay marriage, national security, or the Duke University rape case, the underlying concern is about what these very different kinds of things say about the general direction of American society. This larger and longer-lasting question is whether the particular issues discussed reflect a degeneration or dismantling of the America that we once knew and expected to pass on to our children and grandchildren. There are people determined that this country's values, history, laws, traditions and role in the world are fundamentally wrong and must be changed. Such people will not stop dismantling America unless they get stopped--and the next election may be the last time to stop them, before they take the country beyond the point of no return"--Provided by publisher
A personal odyssey by Thomas Sowell( )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here is the gritty, powerful story of Thomas Sowell's life-long education in the school of hard knocks, as the journey took him from Harlem to the Marines, the Ivy League, and a career as a controversial writer, teacher, and economist in government and private industry. It is also the story of the dramatically changing times in which this personal odyssey took place. The vignettes of the people and places that made an impression on Thomas Sowell at various stages of his life range from the poor and powerless to the mighty and the wealthy, from a home for homeless boys to the White House, as well as ranging across the United States and around the world. It also includes Sowell's startling discovery of his own origins during his teenage years. More than a story of the life of Sowell himself, this is also about the people who gave him their help, their support, and their loyalty, as well as those who demonized him and knifed him in the back. It is a study not just of one life but also of life in general, with all its exhilaration and pain of constant striving and deserved success
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Ethnic America : a history
Alternative Names
So-wei-erh, Tʻo-ma-ssu 1930-

Sowell, T.

Sowell, Thomas

Thomas Sowell Amerikaans econoom

Thomas Sowell US-amerikanischer Ökonom

Томас Соуел

סואל, תומאס 1930-

סואל, תומס 1930-

תומס סואל

تامس سول اقتصاددان آمریکایی

توماس سوويل، 1930-

توماس سويل

توماس سويل، 1930-

사우월, 토마스

사우월, 토머스

소웰, 토머스

토머스 소웰

ソーウェル, トマス




Race and culture : a world viewMarxism : philosophy and economicsA conflict of visionsApplied economics : thinking beyond stage oneInside American education : the decline, the deception, the dogmasMigrations and cultures : a world viewEconomic facts and fallaciesCivil rights : rhetoric or reality?