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Publisher's Summary

These selections from the many writings of Thomas Sowell over a period of half a century cover social, economic, cultural, legal, educational, and political issues. The sources range from Dr. Sowell’s letters, books, newspaper columns, and articles in both scholarly journals and popular magazines. The topics range from latetalking 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 drawing sometimes on history, sometimes on economics, and sometimes on a sense of humor.
©2011 Thomas Sowell (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“Engaging and accessible…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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Susannah on 03-04-12

Brilliant thinker!

What did you love best about The Thomas Sowell Reader?

I loved the way Robertson Dean reads this just like he completely comprehends it all. Thomas Sowell is genius with a side of chips! He's very witty, too. I'm listening to this collection of articles and essays for the second time!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The logic behind the thinking process is very compelling. When I listened to it the first time I kept saying,

What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

He actually reads this very much the way I could hear Thomas Sowell read it.

If you could give The Thomas Sowell Reader a new subtitle, what would it be?

Logical Thinking for and Increasingly Illogical World.

Any additional comments?

I just bought one of his audio books on economics! Does that make me a nerd? I don't care!

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Dave on 10-20-11

The Best Book By The Smartest Guy in the Room

I've read a lot of Thomas Sowell's writing, and I found this to be the most interesting yet. It's full of pithy, intelligent shorts on a variety of subjects, but they are all unified by the clarity of his thinking. I've always found Sowell to be compelling, but this particular book actually changed my views on a couple of issues. If you already know and like Sowell, this is a great addition. If you've never read his work, this is a great place to start.

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35 of 38 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By SiLondon on 08-03-17

Yet more enjoyable brilliance from Sowell.

Love his books and this neat little collection is no exception. if you've never read him before, this book would be a good introduction.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Terje on 07-07-13

Reality and the Intellectual are opposites.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very informative about so much, which is not really what it looks like on the surface, as defined by the Statist. The "do goder" leads to negative consequences for those the Statist tries to help.

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jacob on 07-19-17

Loved it!

my favorite book out of my collection of books so far. going to read another one

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5 out of 5 stars
By chris on 06-22-17

awesome

as usual you clarify for me that which i instinctively know but am not allowed to say mr sowell! thank you

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