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General Information

Name:  Thomas Sowell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1930 in Gastonia, North Carolina

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Illinois Connection

Thomas was born in North Carolina but grew up in Harlem. In 1968 he earned his doctorate degree in economics from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Thomas Sowell has taught economics at Cornell, UCLA, Amherst and other academic institutions, and his Basic Economics has been translated into six languages. He is currently a scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has published in both academic journals in such popular media as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine and Fortune, and writes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country.

Published Works

  • Say's Law: An Historical Analysis, Prinston University, 1972
  • Markets and Minorities, Basic Books, 1981
  • Ethnic America: A History, Basic Books, 1981
  • The Economics and Politics of Race, William Morrow, 1983
  • Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality?, William Morrow, 1984
  • Marxism: Philosophy and Economics, Quill, 1985
  • Compassion Versus Guild and Other Essays, William Morrow, 1987
  • A Conflict of Vision: Ideological Origins of Political Struggle, William Morrow, 1987
  • Inside American Education, William Morrow, 1993
  • The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation As a Basis for Social Policy, Basic Books, 1996
  • The Einstein Syndrome: Bright Children Who Talk Late, Basic Books, 2002

Selected Titles At Your Library

Say's law :
ISBN: 0691041660. OCLC Number:

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Markets and minorities /
ISBN: 0465043992. OCLC Number:

Basic Books,. New York :. 1981.

Ethnic America :
ISBN: 0465020747. OCLC Number:

Basic Books,. New York :. ©1981.

Traces the story of nine different ethnic groups in American society, discussing their various reactions to the American experience, cultural and hisotrical backgrounds, patterns of difficulty, and modes of success.

The economics and politics of race :
ISBN: 0688018912. OCLC Number:

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Civil rights :
ISBN: 0688031137. OCLC Number:

W. Morrow,. New York :. 1984.

Marxism :
ISBN: 0688064264. OCLC Number:

Quill,. New York :. ©1985.

Provides a step-by-step introduction to Marxian theories.

Compassion versus guilt, and other essays /
ISBN: 0688071147. OCLC Number:

Morrow,. New York :. ©1987.

Collection of columnist Thomas Sowell's controversial columns about issues ranging from homelessness, foreign policy, AIDS, environmentalism, education, law, race and nostalgia.

A conflict of visions /
ISBN: 0688069126. OCLC Number:

W. Morrow,. New York :. ©1987.

Controversies in politics arise from many sources, but the conflicts which endure for generations or for centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern. This book maintains that the enduring political controversies of the past two centuries reflect radically different assumptions about the nature of man. The very meaning of such words as "freedom," "equality," "rights," and "power" is drastically different in the context of different visions of man. Issues as diverse as criminal justice, income distribution, or war and peace repeatedly show those with one vision lining up on one side and those with another lining up on the other. The varied writings of such landmark figures as Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Milton Friedman show the clear mark of one vision, while the opposite vision is manifested in another tradition which extends from Thomas Paine and Condorcet to George Bernard Shaw, John Kenneth Galbraith, and John Rawls. At the heart of the conflict are questions about the moral and intellectual capabilities of human beings, and how these capabilities vary from one individual or group to another. The historical record shows these assumptions to be surprisingly different from what is commonly believed about the basic premises of the political left and the political right. The purpose of this book is not to choose between the two principal visions of the modern era, but to show the inherent logic of each. These are not rarefied theoretical--everyone is part of the conflict, and the stakes are as real as money, power, and survival.--From publisher description.

Inside American Education /
ISBN: 0743254082. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2010.

An indictment of the American educational system criticizes the fact that the system has discarded the traditional goals of transmitting knowledge and fostering cognitive skills in favor of building self-esteem and promoting social harmony.

The vision of the anointed :
ISBN: 046508995x. OCLC Number:

BasicBooks,. New York :. ©1995.

Debunks myths of "political correctness," criticizes assumptions made by American social policy makers from the 1960s through the '90s, and addresses logical missteps made by political and intellectual elites.

Conquests and cultures :
ISBN: 0465014003. OCLC Number:

Basic Books,. New York :. ©1998.

This book is the culmination of 15 years of research and travels that have taken the author completely around the world twice, as well as on other travels in the Mediterranean, the Baltic and around the Pacific rim. Its purpose has been to try to understand the role of cultural differences within nations and between nations, today and over centuries of history, in shaping the economic and social fates of peoples and of whole civilizations.

The Einstein Syndrome :
ISBN: 046508141X. OCLC Number:

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Two separate studies of children who are exceptionally bright, and at the same time exceptionally late in beginning to speak, provide the background for the dramatic story of these children and their often anguished parents. Although such children have begun to be studied only within the past decade, numerous examples have turned up across the United States and overseas.

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