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In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in the country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. Pundits and politically motivated economists trumpet ambiguous statistics and sensational theories while ignoring the true determinant of income inequality: the production of wealth. We cannot properly understand inequality if we focus exclusively on the distribution of wealth and ignore wealth-production factors such as geography, demography, and culture. Sowell contends that liberals have a particular interest in misreading the data and chastises them for using income inequality as an argument for the welfare state.

Refuting Thomas Piketty, Paul Krugman, and others, Sowell draws on empirical data to show that the inequality is not nearly as extreme or sensational as we have been led to believe. Transcending partisanship through a careful examination of data, Wealth, Poverty, and Politics reveals the truth about the most explosive political issue of our time.

©2015 Thomas Sowell (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Perspective Shattering

Absolutely worth listening through all the way! I've re-listened three times so far...

The depth of research, expertise, and accuracy that went into forming the conclusions and insights in this book are clearly astronomical. It provides compelling arguments for why many modern problems occur, and also provides evidence-based reasoning for positive solutions.

Very happy to have found this gem of a book, and to recommend it to anyone with an open mind and strong desire to understand the root causes of many societal issues.

Thank you Thomas Sowell !!!!!

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Should be required reading for every college student

This book is a wealth of knowledge, data, history and an analyses of human behavior and cultural trends presented in an understandable and pragmatic way. It is mind expanding and eye opening.

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Amazing!

If I could give it 6 stars I’d still wish I could give more! Very articulate

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Superlatives deserved, along with another listen.

Excellent and enjoyable. Brilliant and thoughtful. Informative and inspiring. Superlatives deserved, along with another listen.

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Thomas Sowell is Remarkable

This book is truly great. It rationally argues for the true equality of men and women and provides facts and sites studies to show that people can succeed if the adopt the methods of success of those who have succeeded. Adopting the elements of a culture of success is important.

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  • Steven Schardein
  • 2015-10-02

A paradigm shift on the subject of equality

Common Sense. It is a term so reflexively invoked that its true meaning has been diluted and its significance misplaced. But it is with this foundational component that Dr. Sowell concocts all of his brilliant analyses of economic conundrums, many of which are truly not as complex as they have been made out to be.

Wielding the power of Occam's Razor, Wealth, Poverty, and Politics is the latest in this long stream of impactful contributions from Sowell. He is my favorite economist, though if you happen to find yourself deeply embedded within the throes of the intelleligentsia, he could very easily become your least favorite after his crystal-clear interpretations of statistical quagmires effectively shatters everything you thought you knew about current affairs.

Proceed with caution and excitement. Highly Recommended.

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  • Doug
  • 2015-09-16

Important Contribution

The author brings clarity and common sense to questions of importance. If you are interested in the many reasons for social progress, prosperity, inequality and the success or failure of government programs, read this book.

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  • Leo
  • 2015-10-06

Liberals may not like but they should read

This is a great explanation of how affirmative action not based on productivity, causes more hindrance than help.

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  • Robert Solomon
  • 2019-09-01

disappointing

This book has 6 chapters and an epilogue. Chapters 1-4 are very interesting and his arguments are sound. However, the rest of the book can only be described as a rant. He does not provide sufficient evidence for his conclusions, which is quite suspect of an economist who is quite forthcoming on the data in "Basic Economics" and the earlier chapters of this book. Be warned, that chapters 5 and 6 seem to have been written in 1990, and ignore everything that has come since.

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  • Chrobry
  • 2015-11-13

Thomas Sowell what else one need to know?

brilliant. while a lot of it already covered in his other books, such as culture and conquest, this book is still amazing. I can't recommend it enough and should be required reading.

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  • Bill H
  • 2016-06-09

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Glad I bought it on sale. When John D. Rockefeller was described without mentioning his predatory business practices the book became an opinion piece instead of a serious study.

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  • Tim
  • 2015-11-09

Assists in understanding modern cultural movements

This book uses an information based argument to better understand the driving forces of cultural movements of 2015. The book spends time showing similar movements causes and effects on a global scale.

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  • Adam
  • 2015-11-27

Must read, facts & analysis vs hyperbole & myths

Great book must read. Gives perspective to conditions today. Provides facts and analysis to support counter arguments to many fallacies circulating in popular culture, politicians, and the media.

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  • Jefferson
  • 2015-10-21

Great insight on the global economy

Where does Wealth, Poverty, and Politics rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the top books I've listened to so far... the facts help an individual approach situations on a new level.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't have an extreme reaction, but the book really did make me think of how every situation has two sides to it.

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  • Ranjit Joseph
  • 2020-10-04

More brilliance from Dr Sowell

Dr. Thomas Sowell again brings trenchant insights that illuminate our dark times! Every egalitarian should read this if one is actually seeking the truth, rather than a sound bite- although Dr. Sowell has those in abundance too!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-09

Excellent

if you have ever heard of Thomas Sowell you know what a great economist and writer he is.

He didn't disappoint.