Dismantling America: And Other Controversial Essays
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A broad-based and withering critique of America's current trajectory.
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Published July 26th 2010 by Basic Books (AZ) (first published August 31st 2002)
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wally
i've been reading thomas sowell here and there for...i dunno...8-10 years? plain english w/an eye to understanding, to relaying information. sowell, i believe, is an educator as well as an economist.
read him and you want to pull out your hair because eventually it begins to dawn on you that yes, what you have long-suspected is true...we are being played for fools.

and we are allowing it to happen...we have allowed our servants to become our masters.

speak for yourself did you say?

yesterday, the pr...more
Tom
Reading Sowell is like watching a man smash the idols of progressive thought with a sledge hammer. Sowell gives no quarter while disclosing the negative effects of political correctness, moral relativism, and the thoughtless interference of congressman in our economy.

Chris Dodd and Barney Frank may have escaped judgement from their peers and the press. But Sowell pins the responsibility where it belongs!
Steve Sawyer
Great book which exposes the hidden agenda of the progressives in both political parties. This book is a great read and easy to understand. However, if you read "Economics in One Lesson" first, then read this book, you will better understand the deeper implications of what this book exposes...
Dougmolineux
Terrible rambles from a mad man. He actually believes that the American Republicans, despite their complete failures of the past decade, are the way forward. Right wing nut, who is almost as bad as Rush himself. Steer clear of this book and this author.
Patrick
Feb 06, 2014 Patrick rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Patrick by: Dan Farley
Shelves: usa-right-wing
Bullshit on stilts.
Johnrh
I finished reading Dismantling America by Thomas Sowell. Published last year it is a collection of his columns on very recent current events. It is reasoned commentary, opinion, and common sense.

The format suits my attention deficits well. Each column/chapter is about 3 pages long, all the way through the book. It is easy to absorb a few chapters at a time and put the book down. There are a hundred or so chapters grouped into the topics of Government Policies, Political Issues, Economic Issues,...more
ChunniSeth
What a colossal waste of time. I picked up Sowell expecting an erudite Libertarian scholar, but he's in the same category as Bill Maher on the left and Beck on the right. Key styles in the book: Highfalutin moral grandstanding, lack of intellectual depth, simplification of issues to the extent that it becomes moronic to even argue, choosing whatever statistics suit your blend of ideology, and above all, painting everyone on the other side as not just wrong but on a crusade to dismantle America a...more
Kevin Heldt
Brilliant. If only everyone had the ability to think this clearly on these important political and economic issues.
Sandy
Drivel and nonsense. Fox 5 News driven prouncements bordering on racism.
Rohan
I have loved Sowell's writing from the moment I finished reading his book "Applied Economics". His Books and Articles generally make me question and ponder over things which you would think are very obvious and true on their face. This book is also similar and it didn't disappoint me.

Although at points I felt this was same old Rhetoric about various Foreign affairs and Security policies of Obama's administration but time and again at various points in the essays he did bring up many useful poin...more
Kenny
A compendium of newspaper columns by the inimitable Thomas Sowell, who is not only a brilliant economist (his Basic Economics should be required reading for every politician in America) but he's also allowed to state hard truths because he's black.

Thus is the state of race relations in America, thirty years after Eddie Murphy said "nigger" a hundred times in his HBO special; now, you don't even dare use the word. (I do, but I'm allowed; I'm a writer and all words are fair game for professionals....more
Jeff
Two stars - literally, "It was OK". Which is not to say this is a bad book, or that it doesn't contain good commentary. The problem with this book is that it's solely a collection of 3-page newspaper opinion columns. While reading Thomas Sowell once a week in the newspaper is enjoyable, reading 100 columns back-to-back in a continuous stream is less so. Compiled into a single volume, the columns become fairly repetitive (a few common themes show up over and over). Also, the columns are almost re...more
David Crain
So many good thoughts, so little time.

Written by a stalwart defender of personal liberties, these essays point out the flaws of "progressive" ideologies and programs. Many, if not all, of these programs have been established within the author's living memory. He remembers what it was like before government was ubiquitous, and encourages us to consider taking the hard path back to those days. Will it happen? I don't know...but his arguments for it are convincing. This book at once eloquently defe...more
eden
3.5

The essays can get redundant, particularly in the first two sections. Also, there are no dates, which is kind of strange and not helpful when you're trying to figure out the context of certain essays. But it's Sowell -- he's great and perceptive, and his style is so simple and plain-spoken that it's easy to undervalue his insights.

Julie
Sowell lays it all bare, as usual. If you don't want to admit the government has overstepped its bounds in SO many ways, feel free to keep the wool over your eyes, as the Obama administration does so well. Sowell talks about this administration as the pinnacle of the underhand, socialist dealings going on in this country and it's true. Our rights are about to be taken, right and left, for the "good" of everyone. It's true, it's all dismantling America, bit by bit and creating a country that's do...more
Ray
Oct 11, 2010 Ray rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Conservative radio talk-show listeners
I stuck it out, and finished it, but couldn't wait for it to end. Sowell is the foremost Obama critic, and ties every evil of today or the past to Obama, the left, or liberals. The only problem is that it seems to have been one of the many books published around the time of the last presidential election, apparently with the hope of influencing voters to voate against Obama. Now that the election is over, the point of the book is somewhat diminished. Updates can be heard on the Beck, Limbaugh, H...more
Gavin
Jan 23, 2014 Gavin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scott Lind
Excellent book of Sowell's essays. It shows how all politicians are moving to the left—quickly under democrats, slowly under republicans—and how our culture, politics, law, and education are increasingly becoming more insulated from feedback from reality. It gives a very pessimistic picture of where we are going. It nevertheless is clearly written and it is unfortunately an accurate picture of the poor state our country is in due to the bad ideas of the left. The only consolation we have is that...more
Joseph D. Walch
This is a collection of essays from the inimitable Thomas Sowell's last year of writing. The themes range from Iran's nuclear ambitions and the Duke Lacross rape case to the Civil War and President Coolidge. As an economist, Sowell brings his wisdom to bear on the current events, especially as the foremost black critic of Pres. Obama. It contains phrases, stories and ideas that are somewhat redundant since they are a collection of essays. It is very good, though, and I enjoyed the nuggets of wis...more
Tee
Really awesome book! In addition to Mr. Sowell's easy to read style, he gets straight to the point of the subject and uses impeccable logic to back up his statements. Subjects range from "Gay 'Marriage'" to "Adolescent Intellectuals" to "Racism." A must read for conservatives, liberals, and progressives alike.

Also:
You can't call a black man racist, can you? XD

Read the "Random Thoughts" section in the back of the book. It's quite cute.
Amy
LOVED. Love, love, love.
Thomas Sowell writes pure, common sense. And I love it. You could call him a genius but I think he would dislike that. Because what he is writing isn't that complicated....at least when he writes it.
I was encouraged by his common sense and practical, even pessimistic, approach to life. What he has to say is good, if pretty politically biased, and I personally enjoyed it immensely.
AmblingBooks
Praise for the works of Thomas Sowell: "For anyone looking for a straightforward and honest discussion of the origins of our current crisis, informed by a deep understanding of both economics and politics." � Washington Times

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Anna
A black man who dared to leave the plantation, use his brain and think for himself. He tells it like it is, straight up. My only complaint is he doesn't go far enough. He talks about how increasing the money supply creates inflation, but fails to address the fundamental issue, the Federal Reserve! He doesn't mind skewering other sacred cows, he needs to have a go with the Fed.
Lynn
Interesting, wonderful writing, and thought-provoking. The only reason I didn't rate as 5 star is that these pieces, all previously published as newspaper columns, were not dated. Trying to put the information within the context of a time when it might have been published was a disctraction to me. Well worth reading anyway!
David Robins
More great essays (about 3 pages, since they started as newspaper columns), continuing the themes of empirical results trumping good intentions, individual choice over government edicts, the failures of state schools, state-enforced dependency vs. personal responsibility and ambition, and racism vs. individual merit.
Paul
2010.1117-2010.1118
While this book was a large aggregation of Sowell's new articles, and I have read most of them elsewhere, the collection is a must read. sowell is insightful and fun to read. He reminds us that we need to pars out rhetoric and be careful with blindly excepting 'facts' we are feed.
Void lon iXaarii
Though Sowell is always brilliant this is probably his book that impressed me the least, not because it was badly written or had bad research, on the contrary, but because it's more a pieced together collection of articles and at times you can feel the (implicit) repetition of ideas.
Page
Dr. Sowell should be required reading of every American. It's a shame young black kids remain unaware of such a brilliant mind and scholar. I think this is done on purpose to keep segments of our population thinking only one way.
ms.petra
If I could, I would give this collection of essays by impeccable analyst, Thomas Sowell, a 3.5 rating. Definitely not Keynesian economics, but thought provoking regardless of your politics.
Charles M. Rupert
I couldn't make it past the introduction and first chapter. I can't stand authors who are so sure they have found the one great truth for all people in all times. Blah!
Michael Weaver
Sowell exposes the pending issues with his honest and straightforward discussion to the decline and erosion of the core of our current nation crisis. A definite must read.
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