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Summary

Discrimination and Disparities challenges believers in such one-factor explanations of economic outcome differences as discrimination, exploitation, or genetics. It is listenable enough for people with no prior knowledge of economics. Yet the empirical evidence with which it backs up its analysis spans the globe and challenges beliefs across the ideological spectrum.

The point of Discrimination and Disparities is not to recommend some particular policy "fix" at the end, but to clarify why so many policy fixes have turned out to be counterproductive, and to expose some seemingly invincible fallacies behind many counterproductive policies. 

The final chapter deals with social visions and their human consequences.

©2018 Thomas Sowell (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Too late I found Thomas Sowell

This book sets to set straight the myth that the rich steal from the poor to get rich and that racism is the only cause of why minorities are doing less well of, this book broke down my ignorance which was built up by listening to western liberal media which has a narrative problem, putting all of societies ales on the white race or capitalism. Absolute must read

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fascinating

really made me reassess a lot of my own preconceptions about major social issues and governmental attempts to solve them.

thoroughly recommend

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Stimulating book spoilt by poor narration

Thoughtful book leaving lots of room for debate. But the enjoyment of the book was reduced by a poor narration. The reader has a good tone but is monotonous and overly formal, like reading a legal document!

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  • Wayne
  • 29-03-18

Thomas Sowell is a national treasure!

87 year old economist and author Thomas Sowell, PhD, has published over 40 books and hundreds of newspaper columns. 27 of those books are available at Audible. I usually purchase all of his books in hardcover, but Discrimination and Disparities is the 4th of his books I have reviewed at Audible. He dedicates this book to 81 year old Dr. Walter E. Williams who is an economist and his ideological soulmate in the classical liberal movement.

No one writes and speaks about facts and statistics more convincingly than Thomas Sowell. Discrimination and Disparities, released this month, should be required reading for every college freshman in the US. At 5 hours it is a short read, but long enough to destroy many commonly held economic myths. Since Sowell stopped writing his newspaper columns 15 months ago, I have missed them. This book reminds me yet again of the intellectual giant that Thomas Sowell is.

Robertson Dean's narration is excellent.

I recommend this book as well as ALL of the others Thomas Sowell has written.

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  • Andrew
  • 07-03-18

An excellent set of new insights and summation

This is an excellent addition to Sowell’s writing. It has many new, much needed, insights and analysis. He further draws on many of his prior writings and sharpens their implications. It is a powerful distillation of much of his work. He is an invaluable source of clear thinking on complex topics.

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  • Gambol
  • 08-03-18

Typical Sowell

I enjoy Thomas Sowell's books, and will probably continue buying them as long as he publishes. However, you should know what you're getting; this one doesn't offer anything you have not previously heard if you've listened to his other books; it's the same concepts, just moved around a little and wrapped in a slightly different theme. Robertson Dean's narration, is, as always, perfect.

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  • Jordan Rowan
  • 19-05-18

Highly recommend for seekers of facts

Fantastic use of evidence to show how socially engineered policies almost never give the outcomes they intend

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  • Fadil
  • 04-04-18

Informative, Interesting and Enlightening

Prof Thomas Sowell explains social injustices from a unique aspect. I enjoy listening to everything he has to say.

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  • Orest
  • 13-03-18

Terrific as usual

If you were to recommend just one book by Thomas Sowell to a friend with no knowledge of his writing this might be it. Short and easy to understand, it is packed witht Thomas Sowell's wisdom and gives a comprehensive description of his outlook on the world. Highly recommend.

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  • Bob
  • 16-05-18

plan to buy kindle version for the statistics

fantastic thinking and commentary from sowell. I consider this a Capstone of his race and economic works to date

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  • Eric
  • 13-05-18

thank you Dr. Sowell

dr. Thomas cell should be a household name. this is his crowning achievement in literature. his books on economics are tremendous but this societal commentary is rare among academics and mainstream accepted thought

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  • L.W.
  • 20-04-18

Sowell Does It Again

It never ceases to amaze me how Sowell is willing to state what have become "racist facts" . He goes where the evidence (especially the often overlooked evidence) leads. He always strikes me as one on very few public intellectuals in pursuit of truth not ideology.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-09-18

Shatters the foundation underlying ID politics

I challenge any proponent of current leftist agenda items to read this book and then defend their ideas.