• Civil Rights

  • Rhetoric or Reality?
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: James Bundy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-18-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (145 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Thomas Sowell takes a tough, factual look at whether the civil rights movement has lived up to its hopes or its rhetoric. In the decades since the historic Supreme Court decision on desegregation, 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? Armed with vast statistical research, Sowell deftly refutes the key assumptions on which the civil rights movement 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, including affirmative action and busing, as well as women's issues, including the Equal Rights Amendment.
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Critic Reviews

"A brutally frank, perceptive, and important contribution to the national debate over the means to achieve equality and social justice for minorities and women." (New York Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Borgnimbblefoot on 06-13-09

You will not learn this in school.......

That statement is not true if Prof. Sowell is your instructor. This is a novel that really gets one to think. One must really listen to what is said & not. This novel is written with love & pain. Many will knock this novel and refuse to listen; please do not be one of them.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cynthia H. on 02-14-18

A Good Read

Although not actually what I expected, it was good in formation, easily could be applied today.

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