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This explosive new audiobook challenges many of the long-held assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans and Nazis, 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 the trendy intellectuals of our times as well as historic interpreters of American life.

Through a series of essays, Sowell presents an in-depth look at key beliefs behind many policies and trends. He presents eye-opening insights into the development of the ghetto culture, a culture cheered on toward self-destruction by white liberals who consider themselves "friends" of blacks.

Black Rednecks and White Liberals is the capstone of decades of outstanding research and writing on racial and cultural issues by Thomas Sowell.

©2005 Thomas Sowell (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"These vigorously argued essays present a stimulating challenge to the conventional wisdom." (Publishers Weekly)

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I Was Enthrolled

if you're looking for a neo-marxist, politically correct approach to history and culture, you've come to the wrong place. But if you care enough about issues ranging ranging from the education of blacks and the real history of slavery to actually want to make a positive difference instead of just playing politics, then you will not be disappointed. Thomas Sowell is the greatest black intellectual that I have ever read, and as far as I am concerned, he is one of the most important thinkers of our time.

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Thomas Sowell is an American Treasure!

Sowell's works should be included in college studies. He is profound! she's highly recommended. Thank you.

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Wow, couldn't put this book down.

Facsinating read and very thought provoking. Presents a perspective that is logical and rarely heard among mainstream thinkers. Thomas Sowell is an intellectual giant.

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Stellar book, stellar performance

There's a strange realization you get when you're just a dozen minutes into this book. It's not about what you think it's about, but what it's about is truly mind-altering.

I promise you will change your view of culture, and history, forever.

This copy is easy to listen to, too. Clear, well-recorded, and convincingly performed.

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Sowell is a fact master

I absolutely love Sowell. This is my second book of his and he never disappoints.

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Should have been mandatory reading in high school

While you can probably say that about most of Thomas Sowell's books, this book has always stood out for me among all of his work. Hugh Mann is a simply fantastic narrator for this work and his flow through each chapter only enhances Dr. Sowell's work. I really can't recommend this book enough.
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This is a phenomenal book that does well to dispel entrenched misconceptions

This collection of essays creates clarity around several misconceptions of “black culture” and indeed; provide a listener with enough factors of comparison to chart a personal path of excellence, regardless of cultural experiences.

A good book!

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Great book to understand slave history

There are mamy thing that we don't take into account when we talk about slavery in america. This book gives you in great detail the slave history in america. A must read full of facts that will open your mind to different contexts that I never even considered.

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Fascinating Read

Very good read, gave me facts and figures and a story I couldn't put down.

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very informative on modern issues

Excellent audio book. The narrator has a good reading voice. Sowell is articulate and passionate, and his work speaks to modern issues.

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  • S. Chavez
  • 2019-08-13

Rethink your feelings on Black Culture

After reading this book I will rethink my ideals on black culture. I never really agree with the way African Americans gravitated to the notion that you were not really black unless you subscribed to hip-hop culture or dressed like a hoodlum. if you did not speak in slang or use proper English you were considered a sellout or you wanted to be white. this book breaks down the idea of wanting to be white and where it came from. The fact that our ignorant slang speaks and somewhat attitudes and not just holy hours but have transcended different cultures in generations for years is a surprise. after this book, I am more comfortable in my ideas of not wanting to assimilate to hip-hop culture or be like the others they call me whitewashed. I will push through my success I will make sure I am not falling into the black redneck or the liberal white mentality.

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  • Joe C
  • 2012-04-19

Informative Book

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I learned a great deal from this book. I feel it is one of the best books ever written about Black culture and White liberals. I like the fact Thomas Sowell backed up every narrative with facts. The book move along very quickly. I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Matt
  • 2018-04-14

A Fascinating Rebuttal To Common Race Teachings

My first book from Sowell and won't be my last. Sowell focuses on a number of topics regarding race relations between the majority and minorities around the world from Blacks in America to Jews to Germans after World War Two. Each one adding new information that I was never told in school, often because it does not fit the narrative commonly held on how race relations have occured and how they influence today. Sowell provides a different take on these events and thus a different stance on what policies and actions would improve current race related issues today. Fascinating read.

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  • ComputerBastard
  • 2009-05-15

Great Book, Somewhat Misleading Title

Thomas Sowell's scholarly expertise does not fail to disappoint in this enlightening book. Far from rendering blanket opinions, Dr. Sowell provides the reader/listener with an exceedingly well-sourced (but not at all dry) account of the origins of so-called "African American culture".

But the best surprise is that this book goes far beyond what the title appears to imply. Sowell provides one of the must elucidating explanations of the seemingly maniacal worldwide hatred of Jews that I have ever heard. He explains the role of the "middleman minority" and how their rational economic behavior often translates into class and ethnic stereotyping and hatred.

This book is a hard one to put down, and despite its scholarly merits, does not lull the reader into unconsciousness. Indeed, Sowell's writing style (the first book of his I've ever read) is crisp, clear, engaging, and always thought provoking. A solid narrative performance is also offered by Hugh Mann.

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  • Carl Wilson
  • 2018-08-06

Reshaped my view of race and race relations in U.S

Sowell reached back into history to find the origins of race and class struggles across the globe. Americans will be surprised to learn that many of their prejudices towards blacks were first targeted towards whites in the British Isles.

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  • S. Hunter
  • 2020-09-30

A very slanted perspective

Although he makes a few good points, his sweeinging generalizations, emotionally charged language and the intentional bias reflected in the enormous amount of information omitted make this a poor choice for anyone seeking to better understand our history.

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  • Mark
  • 2008-10-28

Thomas Sowell is my hero

Thomas Sowell book has taught me that history is the foundation to understanding ideologies, both economic and political.

Initially, the title seemed extreme to me -- BUT right away, this book is a history lesson. When I say to friends, "Do you know where the word 'redneck' came from?", they all give the same answer I had before listening to this book.

This book is a good investment, especially if you want to understand how history has shaped some of the radical thinking of today.


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  • Darrell
  • 2006-04-07

Sowell An American Treasure

This book is an extraordinary example of clear, honest, and insightful thinking about people, culture, and history. Although the title would indicate that the book is entirely about some specific segments of American black culture and the white liberals who promote and seek to perpetuate such ills, it is actually broader in overall subject matter. Dr. Sowell, however, sticks close to his purpose as he ranges across time and geography, history and ideas. And his purpose is to draw a bead on the terrible damage done by the dishonesty and revisionism of self-serving and self-proclaimed moral and intellectual thinkers, teachers, demagogues, and other voices who are reported in the media. These, who Sowell sometimes refers to as the Anointed, seek to set those of us who they believe are not so blessed on the path of true moral perception and right thinking, and by their position in academia or politics have largely achieved their objective.

Thomas Sowell's ideas may be novel to many who have not looked beyond the classroom, the newspaper, or the television. If any would read this book, they will find reason and understanding supported by a world of facts, not selected facts. His presentation is clear, understandable, and easily absorbed by any people who care to think for themselves. This book is not a dry discourse or dissertation written expressly for scholars, but a lively and entertaining education. The narrator is excellent. Give it a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-01

Who hurt you?

It’s just a southern hating book saying we are all lazy, stupid and not good people. There is no actual facts in this book. I assume the writer was wronged by a southerner at some point and wrote a book hating on all of us.

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  • Vincent
  • 2007-05-25

I'll Never Call Anybody a Redneck Again

I've read a number of books by Thomas Sowell. This one is at least as good as any I've read. Dr. Sowell discusses a number of topics related to race and culture that need to be discussed but aren't. As always, his writing is clear, concise and flows off the page. If you read one book this year, make it this one.

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