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Black Rednecks and White Liberals

Written by: Thomas Sowell
Narrated by: Hugh Mann
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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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.

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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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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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Very Interesting And Insightful

This book presented interesting ideas that I've never heard before. It was very engaging, and I never felt bored while listening. It definitely helped me understand the "other half of the story" that isn't discussed practically at all in mainstream discourse. I'm very happy I listened to this.

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Historical fact presented with vivid detail and clear, penetrating analysis

Sowell's writing is characteristically direct and erudite in this fascinating discussion of human history, slavery, education, and academia. The sheer amount of new information is prodigious, both for its obvious relevance to one's understanding of the subject at hand and for its conspicuous absence in schools, textbooks, and the public consciousness. How didn't I know that? was a question I asked myself, and often with frustration, over and over again.

The reader of the audio version is clear, expressive, and easy to listen to. However, I will now likely purchase a hard copy for the sake of the footnotes, which Sowell is well-known for providing.

Anyone wishing to understand the legacy of slavery and race relations in the US and globally, as well as the impact that academia and education have on them, should read this book.

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Good info but

Credit must be given to the author for highlighting the importance of history in our current lives. However the work can benefit from being less partisan (eg anti white-liberal) as it ironically comes across as the very ‘rhetoric’ that it repetitively denounces

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great book

the author does a great job condensing very complex ideas into easily digestible explanations. fantastic!

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This will make you think

This book needs careful listening, but will open your eyes to some issues around the world

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  • J. Johnston
  • Michigan USA
  • 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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  • Joe C
  • Olney, Maryland United States
  • 2012-04-19

Informative Book

Any additional comments?

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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  • DS
  • 2013-03-01

THE ANSWERS TO SOME OLD QUESTIONS

For a long time I've wondered why Mississippi's average income is the lowest in the country, way lower than the New England and West Coast states. Mississippi isn't alone. The other Southern states are only slightly better. Well, this book goes a long way to explaining why. The answer is Southern culture.

This is a black libertarian's explanation of black underachievement and a strong argument for high academic standards and expectations. Hard work doesn't hurt either.

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  • Darrell
  • Moundridge, KS, United States
  • 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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  • Vincent
  • Ithaca, NY, USA
  • 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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  • Craig
  • Shoreview, MN, USA
  • 2007-10-28

Topics beyond the title

This book was much better than I expected, given the unusual title. He builds upon the thesis that regional differences in American culture derive from variations in immigration patterns from Britain (who, where, when) which is covered in Albion's Seed, another good book (by a different author). He then adds generations of enslaved blacks living among one of these cultures and indirectly picking up behaviour and speech patterns derived indirectly from a certain time and place in Britain. He contrasts the results where blacks were not exposed to this culture, by not being enslaved or being enslaved elsewhere.

His history of Dunbar High School in DC was inspiring or threatening, depending on whether you believe blacks were as capable of competence as other immigrants or believe they need to be treated patronizingly forever, respectively. Dr. Sowell states that lack of enrollment restrictions and the parent's occupations did not make the students the cream of the crop, as the parent's occupations were maid, porter, etc., and that one third of DC blacks were going to Dunbar HS. Hence the earier nagative review.

The real treat in the book is the massive expansion of his treatment of "middle men" minorities (e.g. Jews, Chinese, Aremenians, etc), and why they are sometimes hated and periodically slaughtered.

Despite the title, this book has world wide scope.

This was a great book.

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  • Mr Conway
  • Miramar Beach Florida
  • 2011-07-31

The Solid Hybrid Sowell

I can not recommend Mr. Sowell's work highly enough, he is a rational treasure who has rare ability to expand the mind of any reader, regardless of political views. I've bought and enjoyed 7 of his books, but this book has a political creep. I love Mr. Sowell's more political books like Visions and Intellectuals, but this book has a Hybrid feel to it where at times he moves between is views and his other Work a little too easily for my taste. I don't mean to say this is a bad book or you shouldn't read it, in fact I did still very much enjoy it, but you should know what you are getting.

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  • Mark
  • Mountain View, CA, United States
  • 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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  • Roy
  • Flemington, NJ, USA
  • 2008-05-29

A Great Book

Thomas Sowell has again shown that he is a think tank of our age. His wisdom and logic cannot be defeated at face, as shown by Elton's weak criticism. One can get away with demagoguery on a TV clip or sign waved in a demonstration, but lay out your argument paper simple terms it becomes obvious that Thomas Sowell's logic cannot be refuted...

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful