Black Rednecks and White Liberals

Black Rednecks and White Liberals

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by Thomas Sowell, Hugh Mann
     
 

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This explosive new book challenges many of the long-prevailing assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans, about slavery, and about education.  Plainly written, powerfully  reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on not only the trendy intellectuals of our times but also such…  See more details below

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This explosive new book challenges many of the long-prevailing assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans, about slavery, and about education.  Plainly written, powerfully  reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals 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, this book presents an in-depth look at key beliefs behind many mistaken and dangerous actions, policies, and trends.  It presents eye-opening 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.  An essay titled "The Real History of Slavery" presents a jolting re-examination of that tragic institution and the narrow and distorted way it is too often seen today.  The reasons for the venomous hatred of Jews, and of other groups like them in countries around the world, are explored in an essay that asks, "Are Jews Generic?"  Misconceptions of German history in general, and of the Nazi era in particular, are also re-examined. So too are the inspiring achievements and painful tragedies of black education in the United States.
            Black Rednecks and White Liberals is the capstone of decades of outstanding research and writing on racial and cultural issues by Thomas Sowell.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786168781
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
05/15/2006
Edition description:
9 CDs
Sales rank:
795,882
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 5.75(h) x 1.03(d)

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"Thomas Sowell is America's foremost public intellectual and for good reason. His work covers almost every subject imaginable­race, economics, Marxism, ethnic groups, immigration patterns, just to name a few. He is persuasive and provocative and always scintillating. I've read all his books and never been even faintly disappointed. Black Rednecks and White Liberals is no exception."
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Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom
"Tom Sowell is a national treasure, America's most perceptive, productive, and thoughtful commentator on racial and ethnic issues. Black Rednecks and White Liberals is vintage Sowell­a neat package of six lucid and incisive essays that shed new light on the big questions that he has devoted his intellectual life to confronting and answering. "
authors of America in Black and White

Meet the Author

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the recipient of many awards and prizes. His previous books for Blackstone Audiobooks include: Ethnic America, Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality?, A Personal Odyssey, The Economics and Politics of Race, and many others.

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Black Rednecks and White Liberals 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas Sowell is probably my favorite political/economic writer. In my younger, more liberal and naive days I often didn't agree with him, but as I've gotten older and hopefully wiser I realize what a great writer he is, fearless and willing to speak the truth that others won't. I would love to see this book become required reading for all high school students. I think it would help them to understand the contributions of Western civilization, the roles that 'middlemen minorities' have played throught history (and why they are often unfairly discriminated against), and the drivers of past successes and failures of blacks in the US back to the antebellum period. This knowledge, and much else in the book, would help them to understand better the history of various minority cultures, and strengthen them to ignore the self-hating pablum spouted by much of the liberal left and academia. My only complaint is that I hate the title.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books on history that I have ever read. Dr. Sowell is a breath of fresh air amid the stale university academic pedagogy that taints the mind of those who ignore the truth. If I could, I would make this book required reading in every high school and college in America. Bravo, I will be reading the rest of his books. PA shogun
Guest More than 1 year ago
This should be required reading for anyone who lives in the south, or plans on moving/visiting/doing business there. The research is thorough, and he's not afraid to speak the truth, even if it isn't politically correct.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fine look at the big picture of how culture influences success and failure. Thought provoking throughout. It would be a better world if all politicians understood even some of this material.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Summer I am reading a book by Dr. Thomas Sowell: Black Rednecks and White Liberals. Dr. Sowell is himself a Black man and traces the roots of misbehavior from early Scotland and Northern England. That is a place my own ancestors came from (escaped). That region of England and Scotland scorned education and book reading. Their manners were deplorable, just as Rednecks act today down home where my renegade relatives prowl about in pickup trucks. Dr. Sowell's thesis claims Blacks in the United States picked up the bad ways of white people down south where they were imported unwillingly. He also stresses how hard work and book study has always helped immigrants of all shades and hue in whatever foreign lands they have removed to. Dr. Sowell cites studies that compare Oriental students with Black students and asserts Black folks are simply hard-down, plain lazy. Hmm. Reminds me of my own childhood days in the hot fields of Georgia pulling a pick-sack half full of cotton and wondering if there was a way out of that land. I found a way out. I joined the Military and went to night school. Eventually I graduated from Syracuse University. At Syracuse I became not one whit smarter but learned to accept people who are smarter than I am. Dr. Sowell sounds a lot like Rush Limbaugh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most excellent book I have read. This is a great read. Dr. Sowell does an incredible job with over 250 references within the first chapter. This well documented and thought-provoking book will have you turning pages without the slightest idea that hours have passed you by as you read this incredible book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw a recent interview with Tom Sowell on C-Span and I was amazed at his plain language straight talk. Not that easy to come by in this day and age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read an excerpt, and it was incredibly well reasoned and well-crafted. This author is reliably excellent. Can't wait!