Black Rednecks and White Liberals

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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 ...
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Overview


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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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594031434
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 6/25/2006
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 197,914
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Black rednecks and white liberals 1
Are Jews generic? 65
The real history of slavery 111
Germans and history 171
Black education : achievements, myths and tragedies 203
History versus visions 247
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2005

    The best book I've read this year

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    Compelling and Relevant Book

    Knowing that Dr. Sowell is one of my favorite writers, my wife bought me this book. I am certainly glad she did. It is a very compelling and authoritive collection of essays dealing with the history of slavery, rednecks, liberals, Jews, Germans, black education and historical perceptive. In a word...wow!

    Dr. Sowell has an uncanny knack for writing clear concise language which cuts through the babble that we often encounter. Indeed, if I really want to learn the whole story about a certain event or era, there is simply no better place to learn than from Sowell.

    I can certainly understand why this was called an explosive book when it was initially printed. And, parts of it made me a little uncomfortable but then in order to learn and grow we must be willing to hear the whole story - the good and the bad - in order to get our minds around a topic.

    Before writing this review, I read some of the one (1) star and two (2) star reviews. While they were few in number, one of the messages from the collective negative reviews seemed to be centered on the way the south is portrayed along with its redneck culture. As a white man that was born and raised in the south, I can attest that Sowell hit the nail on the head. No only from a historical point but also as the current (albeit limited) situation. I love the south and still live there. So I am not into bashing my culture only willing to accept our flaws so we can continually improve.

    If you are a reader seeking eye-opening insights, this is the book for you.

    I hope you find this review helpful.

    Michael L. Gooch, SPHR
    Author of Wingtips with Spurs: Cowboy Wisdom for Today's Business Leaders

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    A MUST READ!

    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

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2005

    The Truth At Last!

    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!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2006

    This should be required reading...

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    A Terrific read

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

    Sowell at His Best

    Buy the book and read it. If a white conservative writes this book we probably have a racist issue but "the professor" is the man and ably makes his case. This is at least the third of Thomas Sowell's books that I have read cover-to-cover. Sowell's writing style is an excellent complement to other, very fine books attempting to explain and enlighten regarding the liberal mentality. It is written in more the text book style than like our usual conservative writers. In spite of his more formal style, the read is excellent and keeps your attention. As I said, buy or borrow the book and read it, cover-to-cover. Thx.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    Emp E Simply and empirically brilliant

    Grey social issues are elegantly explained using real empirical methods. Thanks Mr. Sowell!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Very educational!

    Learning why people behave a certain way is very important.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2005

    Simply a Must Read

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2005

    Straight Thinker

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2005

    I can't wait to read it

    I read an excerpt, and it was incredibly well reasoned and well-crafted. This author is reliably excellent. Can't wait!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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