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Sowell, Thomas 1930-

Works: 213 works in 859 publications in 3 languages and 61,949 library holdings
Genres: History  Cross-cultural studies  Biography  Popular works 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: HB171, 330
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Applied economics : thinking beyond stage one by Thomas Sowell( Book )
24 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 3,598 libraries worldwide
Publisher description: The application of economics to major contemporary real world problems--housing, medical care, discrimination, the economic development of nations--is the theme of this new book that tackles these and other issues head on in plain language, as distinguished from the usual jargon of economists. It examines economic policies not simply in terms of their immediate effects but also in terms of their later repercussions, which are often very different and longer lasting. The interplay of politics with economics is another theme of Applied Economics, whose examples are drawn from experiences around the world, showing how similar incentives and constraints tend to produce similar outcomes among very disparate peoples and cultures
Basic economics : a citizen's guide to the economy by Thomas Sowell( Book )
15 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 2,958 libraries worldwide
Explains economic principles through real-world examples from history, in language free of jargon and complicated formulas
Ethnic America : a history by Thomas Sowell( Book )
21 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 2,717 libraries worldwide
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
Basic economics : a common sense guide to the economy by Thomas Sowell( Book )
16 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 2,560 libraries worldwide
An accessible, jargon-free resource outlines the principles behind each major type of economy including capitalist, socialist, and feudal, in terms of the incentives each creates
A conflict of visions by Thomas Sowell( Book )
32 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in English and held by 2,340 libraries worldwide
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
Race and culture : a world view by Thomas Sowell( Book )
16 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 2,014 libraries worldwide
This seminal book by one of our leading thinkers on race issues will forever change our views on race and ethnicity, culture, and the explosive policy issues that revolve around them, not only in contemporary America but in societies around the world and down through history. Race and Culture brings together more than a decade of research, encompassing dozens of ethnic groups in scores of countries around the world, to challenge most of the fundamental assumptions underlying the whole spectrum of "social science" beliefs and government policies dealing with racial and ethnic minorities. Its thesis is that differences in productive skills and cultural values are the key to understanding the advancement - or regression - of particular groups, particular countries, and whole civilizations. Thomas Sowell concludes that cultural capital has far more impact than politics, prejudice, or genetics on the social and economic fates of minorities, nations, and civilizations. The spread of these skills across the planet, whether through migration or conquest, has shaped much of the history of the world and transformed its landscape. Attempts to achieve through multiculturalism, affirmative action, or other policies what can only be achieved by the development of cultural capital are illusions and distractions only likely to make matters worse
Marxism : philosophy and economics by Thomas Sowell( Book )
21 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and held by 1,962 libraries worldwide
Provides a step-by-step introduction to Marxian theories
The housing boom and bust by Thomas Sowell( Book )
12 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,863 libraries worldwide
Explains how we got into the current economic disaster that developed out of the economics and politics of the housing boom and bust. The "creative" financing of home mortgages and "creative" marketing of financial securities based on these mortgages to countries around the world, are part of the story of how a financial house of cards was built up--and then collapsed
Inside American education : the decline, the deception, the dogmas by Thomas Sowell( Book )
8 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 1,858 libraries worldwide
Our educational establishment - a vast tax-supported empire existing quasi-independently within American society - is morally and intellectually bankrupt, charges distinguished economist and social critic Thomas Sowell. And in this top-to-bottom tour of the mismanaged institutions, cynical leadership, and tendentious programs of American education, Sowell exposes the numerous "deceptions and dogmas" that have concealed or sought to justify the steep and very dangerous decline in our educational standards and practices across the board. Among the more serious ills of American education are the technically sophisticated brainwashing techniques now being applied to children and teenagers in so-called "affective education" programs; the special "peace" and "nuclear" education programs that actively promote "politically correct" attitudes; the "values clarification" and sex education curricula that portray parental and religious authority figures as agents of a repressive and unjust social and political orthodoxy; and the racial "mini-establishments" created on college campuses by minority demagogues and complaisant administrators that enshrine a self-serving ideological double standard, thus betraying the real interests of minority students. Sowell's exhaustively researched investigation draws particular attention to the wide array of textbooks and other instructional materials, promoted with astonishing success by a multi-million dollar industry styling itself a "secular humanist" movement, which fosters these ideas - ideas that are not just anti-American, Sowell maintains, but essentially totalitarian in character. These sinister curricular developments, combined with often cowardly and irresponsible management more concerned about institutional image and ranking than with fiscal integrity or a commitment to educate our youth, will breed disaster unless immediate steps are taken to reform the entire educational system
Economic facts and fallacies by Thomas Sowell( Book )
19 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 1,763 libraries worldwide
Exposes some of the most popular fallacies about economic issues, in a lively manner and without requiring any prior knowledge of economics by the reader. These include many beliefs widely disseminated in the media and by politicians. One of the book's themes is that fallacies are not simply crazy ideas but in fact have a certain plausibility that gives them their staying power--and makes careful examination of their flaws both necessary and important, as well as sometimes humorous.--From publisher description
Migrations and cultures : a world view by Thomas Sowell( Book )
14 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 1,753 libraries worldwide
Migrations and Cultures shows the persistence of cultural traits in particular racial and ethnic groups and the role these groups' relocations play in redistributing skills, knowledge, and other forms of "human capital" from where they originated to the four corners of the earth. Each ethnic group has carried forth a particular set of skills, attitudes, and lifestyles, whether settling in Russia, Brazil, Australia, or the United States. What are the effects of disseminating these patterns - both for the immigrants and for the host countries, in social as well as economic terms? Migrations and Cultures places the sagas of particular immigrant groups within the larger history of the nations sending and receiving these groups. The book also tells the story of the resentments engendered by the achievements of immigrant groups, even though these achievements have played a major role in the advancement of the human race in general
The economics and politics of race : an international perspective by Thomas Sowell( Book )
19 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,695 libraries worldwide
Civil rights : rhetoric or reality? by Thomas Sowell( Book )
12 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,632 libraries worldwide
Black rednecks and white liberals by Thomas Sowell( Book )
11 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,535 libraries worldwide
This book challenges many assumptions about blacks, Jews, Germans, slavery, and education. Plainly written and backed with documented facts, it 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, Sowell presents an in-depth look at key beliefs behind many mistaken and dangerous actions, policies, and trends, and presents 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. One essay presents a jolting re-examination of the tragic institution of slavery and the narrow and distorted way it is too often seen today. Another explores the reasons for the venomous hatred of Jews, and of other groups like them in countries around the world. --From publisher description
Conquests and cultures : an international history by Thomas Sowell( Book )
13 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,484 libraries worldwide
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
Affirmative action around the world : an empirical study by Thomas Sowell( Book )
13 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,382 libraries worldwide
The vision of the anointed : self-congratulation as a basis for social policy by Thomas Sowell( Book )
10 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,348 libraries worldwide
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
Dismantling America and other controversial essays by Thomas Sowell( file )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,317 libraries worldwide
"These wide-ranging essays--on many individual political, economic, cultural and legal issues--have as a recurring underlying theme the decline of the values and institutions that have sustained and advanced American society for more than two centuries...Whether these essays (originally published as syndicated newspaper columns) are individually about financial bailouts, illegal immigrants, gay marriage, national security, or the Duke University rape case, the underlying concern is about what these very different kinds of things say about the general direction of American society. This larger and longer-lasting question is whether the particular issues discussed reflect a degeneration or dismantling of the America that we once knew and expected to pass on to our children and grandchildren. There are people determined that this country's values, history, laws, traditions and role in the world are fundamentally wrong and must be changed. Such people will not stop dismantling America unless they get stopped--and the next election may be the last time to stop them, before they take the country beyond the point of no return"--Provided by publisher
Intellectuals and society by Thomas Sowell( Book )
15 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 1,283 libraries worldwide
Sowell unravels the world of intellectuals in order to illustrate an important social phenomenon: how the thinkers of a society mold that society, leaving an impact on people in every walk of life, even if these thinkers are basically unknown to the world at large
Knowledge and decisions by Thomas Sowell( Book )
19 editions published between 1979 and 1996 in English and held by 1,212 libraries worldwide
"With a new preface by the author, this reissue of Thomas Sowell's classic study of decision making updates his seminal work in the context of The Vision of the Annointed, Sowell, one of America's most celebrated public intellectuals, describes in concrete detail how knowledge is shared and disseminated throughout modern society. He warns that society suffers from an ever-widening gap between firsthand knowledge and decision making--a gap that threatens not only our economic and political efficiency, but our very freedom because actual knowledge gets replaced by assumptions based on an abstract and elitist social vision of what ought to be. Knowledge and Decisions, a winner of the 1980 Law and Economics Center Prize, was heralded as a "landmark work" and selected for this prize "because of its cogent contribution to our understanding of the differences between the market process and the process of government." In announcing the award, the center acclaimed Sowell, whose "contribution to our understanding of the process of regulation alone would make the book important, but in reemphasizing the diversity and efficiency that the market makes possible, [his] work goes deeper and becomes even more significant.""--publisher description (LoC)
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Alternative Names
So-wei-erh, Tʻo-ma-ssu, 1930-
Sowell, Thomas
توماس سوويل، 1930-
توماس سويل، 1930-
ソーウェル, トマス
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