Civil Rights:

Rhetoric or Reality?

  • Read by: James Bundy
  • Runtime: 4.1 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 1.1.2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Political Science
  • 4.07 hrs1/1/2006Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4551-6923-8
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Thomas Sowell takes a tough, factual look at whether the Civil Rights movement has lived up to its hopes or its rhetoric. In the decades since the historic Supreme Court decision on desegregation, who has gained and who has lost? Which of the assumptions behind the civil rights revolution have stood the test of time, and which have proven to be mistaken or even catastrophic to those who were supposed to be helped?

Armed with vast statistical research, Sowell deftly refutes the key assumptions on which the Civil Rights movement (as we know it today) was erected: "that discrimination leads to poverty and other adverse social consequences and...that adverse statistical disparities imply discrimination." He surgically probes the fundamental racial issues, e.g., affirmative action and busing, women's issues, and the Equal Rights Amendment.

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“A brutally frank, perceptive, and important contribution to the national debate over the means to achieve equality and social justice for minorities and women.”

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Author Biography

Thomas Sowell has taught economics at Cornell, UCLA, Amherst, and other academic institutions, and his Basic Economics has been translated into six languages. He is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has been published in both academic journals and such popular media as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fortune and writes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country.

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Reader Biography

James Bundy is an actor, director, and theater manager. In 2002, the Harvard and Yale School of Drama graduate became dean of the Yale School of Drama.

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