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  • Written by: Thomas Sowell
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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. This decline has been more than erosion. It has, in many cases, been a deliberate dismantling of American values and institutions by people convinced that their superior wisdom and virtue must override both the traditions of the country and the will of the people.

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.

©2010 Thomas Sowell (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“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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Excellent book

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was very informative and used critical thinking in discussing what is wrong with the American political system.

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Disappointing compared to his other work

After being awestruck by Dr. Sowell’s almost encyclopedic knowledge and inherent sense of balance in Migrations and Cultures, in which he manages to address both the historical and in-cultural aspects underpinning the successes and failures of various self-identified groups over the centuries, I was deeply disappointed by the lack of depth and even-handedness evident in large sections of this book. For example, universal healthcare is disparaged for its risks and weaknesses (which is fair) without ever addressing any of its strengths. What we really need to hear, on this and most issues, are ideas on how to achieve the best balance between the two extreme positions.
Gun control is discussed (and largely dismissed) without any reference to the types of guns in question, or any serious analysis of how to address the hellacious frequency of mass shootings in the United States.
Although the fundamental principles of economics are most definitely well understood by the author, long-term environmental costs (which have already led to calamities like the collapse of commercial fisheries, the deterioration of soils over time, the draining of aquifers etc.) are to be rarely if ever entered into the cost benefit equation. In the same vein, the author demonstrates little understanding of the physics of climate change. On this risk to the very ecosystem that sustains us, the depth of critique extends only to cherry picking some of the missteps of the messengers.
The ever-present threat of the demagogue is shrewdly recognized. But, out of convenience or laziness, the author is content to put broad swaths of the populace into convenient groupthink boxes such as “liberals” and “intellectuals”: a favorite divide and conquer tool of the demagogues he is warning against. In short, too much is cast in black and white, where shades of grey are needed.
Perhaps the challenge presented to the author re this book, in comparison to Migrations and Cultures, comes from its being composed of opinion pieces written on a short time-fuse and for a select audience. And, in this, it might be an anomaly in an otherwise stellar catalogue. So I do intend to read more of Dr. Sowell’s books, as the other work I’ve seen to this point is profound, honest, and beautifully written.

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Outstanding work!

This work should be MANDATORY to become an adult.
An education would not be complete or useful without proper digestion and analysis of this material.

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Sowell uses the facts to frame his conclusions

The facts frame his conculsions without fail. Nothing he says can be refuted regardless of the power of the propaganda and numbers on the Left. We needed Biden's administration to contrast Sowell's conclusions. Now only fools or the deliberately evil will stand against him and the growing numbers who stand with him.

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Dated but still timely

The process of dismantling has progressed much further since this book was written. The examples help clarify things happening now.

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Collection of Sowell Column

Overall, pretty good. My biggest gripe with the book is Sowell is top of his game when he stays in his lane (economics/social debunker) but when he roams I feel his politics get in the way. But generally that's my gripe with anyone who does thinking for a living. it's a collection of essays written over time and are uneven in profound-ness. I may not agree with everything written here, he is still one of the best social naysayers and when he does leave the game everyone, Democrats and Republicans will lose a great voice of opposition.

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Sowell is a genius. well written and performed.

Thomas Sowell is a genius. This is the first title I've heard from him and I will be looking to the next one right away. He provides reasoning for so many of my standpoint and also enlightens the reasoning behind viewpoints from the other side of the spectrum.

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This is a must read

Fantastic book that hits the truth home. This is a must read book that will let one look into the reality of what is happening to our society.

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And Other Controversial Essays

Definitely much more controversial than most of his other work, not personally recommended for first time readers of Sowell.

Still excellent material if you’re looking for something to challenge your thinking, and Robertson Dean is perhaps the best narrator for this author.

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  • Laura
  • 2011-09-01

Nice Collection of Essays

This book is a rehash of previous articles but not having read Sowell before, I found it to be a good introduction to the author. Numerous issues are covered with specific examples given. Sowell's descriptions and analysis are logical, consistent throughout and easy to follow. I will be purchasing more of his books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2012-05-13

Turned My World Upside Down!

Would you consider the audio edition of Dismantling America to be better than the print version?

It is for me. It does well for my inability to follow a long storys. These are articles Thomas
Sowell has collected and put in a book format. I can learn by listening to a couple topics and then return later for more.

What other book might you compare Dismantling America to and why?

Other Thomas Sowell Books. They are all amazing and similar in how he writes and teaches.

What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hes not boring, perfect speed.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Musings of a genius unimpressed with himself.

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This book explains how America has morphed into what you see today. Its not the country I once knew. If you read any Thomas Sowell book you will never be the same. This unassuming man tells it like it is and calmly explains what is happening right under our noses! Like he says in the book "Its not too late. We still can turn this ship around"

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  • John
  • 2012-06-13

Clear and concise and interesting

Where does Dismantling America rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the best of current events and thought provoking concepts..

What did you like best about this story?

A series of short articles powerfully written.

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  • 2010-09-08

Rehash

If you're a Sowell reader, you already read this stuff. Includes previously famous articles and there is even a chapter of one sentence aphorisms. A crass $ grab? Say it isn't so Tom.

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  • mwcdesigns
  • 2015-06-27

A Black Conservative I Greatly Admire

One of the best books (compilation of op-ed pieces) I've ever read. Sowell's descriptions and analyses show good old common sense and are easy to follow. He is presently a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. Being an economist, he has great insight into how the economy responds when politicians try to control it.

Sowell predicted that, given a second term, President Obama would dismantle America. Obama sees it as "transforming" America. But his transformation is not good for America and the world. I have to believe that we will find our way back to conservative principles that ensure opportunities and jobs for all, especially for blacks and poor folks.

Also, the reader was excellent!

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  • Wayne
  • 2015-12-07

Views of a man who is an American treasure!

Dismantling America is a large number of Thomas Sowell's syndicated newspaper columns concerning the dismantling of the US and how to undo the damage. Dr. Sowell is a conservative/libertarian black PhD economist in his 80s who also happens to be the the public person that I most admire.

Sowell writes with a clarity that few can match. This marvelous book is among the best I have listened to. His combination of extreme intelligence, knowledge, sense of irony, clarity of thought and expression, and common sense is unique.

This is only my second review of a Sowell book on Audible, but I have reviewed others at Amazon. Despite his age he remains prolific.

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  • Jerry Janes
  • 2010-08-31

No facts all political

Well read but lack any information on changing economic situation, kept talking like we could ignore present changes that had happen in the world and hope old industry social would return by wishful thinking. The president can hardly change business practices that been having for decades unless he willing to follow the Chinese model of government direct intervention. Believes money is right way to decide who will get health care, jobs or anything else. Wish I hadn't gotten the book.

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  • Thomas S.
  • 2021-07-26

A Must Read

Former President Barack Obama ran on '"hope" and "change", and Thomas Sowell breaks down how the change he implemented has had negative effects on the United States m

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  • Robert
  • 2011-05-30

Watch Fox News instead

Would have been nice if the publisher mentioned this was just a right wing screed against Obama and Barny Frank Save your money and just watch an evening of Fox News if you want this crap.

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  • Brandon Kruse
  • 2021-11-05

Inconvenient logic

Don’t listen to this if you can’t handle reason and facts cause this will make your head explode

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