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Dismantling America: And Other Controversial Essays

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2010

    Eye opening

    This is another great book by this common sense author/economist. His clear, no nonsence look at our government and how they have, as the title states, dismantled this country both ecomomically and judiciously. Dr. Sowel does not mix words nor does he fix the blame on anyone political party or President, but rather shows clearly how polititians have systematically perverted the Constitution and dooped the American citizen into believing that they are looking out for you, when in fact they're just looking to get re-elected. Dr Sowel shows in these short essays, how the government has failed time after time and program after program with disaterous results. One of his quotes, not found in this book, truly reflects how this government, or any government thinks and functions. He said " Nothing is more stupid or dangerous than putting decisions in the hands of those people who pay no price for being wrong". If you are interested in this book, I recommend that you read it with an open mind and leave your political affiliation at the door. Dr Sowel makes no bones that he is a Conservative, but is quick to blame Republicans for economic blunders an wastefull spending.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

    Brilliant Sowell Survey Course

    The first book I read by Sowell was "Intellectuals and Society," and I wrote in my review that reading it was as enlightening as taking the most interesting course you ever took in college, taught by a rogue conservative who somehow wound up on the faculty. Well if "Intellectuals and Society" was a specialized, upper-level course, "Dismantling America" could be considered the introductory survey course (Sowell 101).

    That is by no means meant as a put-down. This book is wide-ranging and fantastic. Sowell's logic is undeniable and he will broaden your mind, whether he is pontificating on political, economic or social issues or simply something else that happens to be on his mind. As this is a collection of columns from the past couple of years, a few of them have been rendered slightly dated by real-world events, but even these are well worth your time. The drawback to the collection of columns is that a few of Sowell's thoughts and examples repeat themselves in multiple essays, but this is a relatively minor quibble. It also doesn't go too far in depth on any one issue, but like I said, this could be considered a "survey course."

    And what a survey course it is. A wonderful addition to the collection of any open-minded thinker. The section of "random thoughts" at the end is worth the price alone. Highly, highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

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    Fantastic Read -- Brief Chapters To The Point

    Usually I'm not a fan of books when writers take a collection of their columns and throw them in a book.

    This book is an exception. While many of Sowell's commentaries are specific to past current events but he puts them in a broader historical context that makes sense past, present and future.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

    Get Educated

    You can't go wrong with Mr. Sowell.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Excellent read; pure brilliance.

    Such thought provoking topics with pure genius insight.

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  • Posted November 4, 2010

    A must read!

    Insightful, informative, and thought provoking. I read Mr. Sowell's articles on the web at Human Events. Check out his really spot on observations.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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