Intellectuals and Race by Thomas Sowell audiobook

Intellectuals and Race

By Thomas Sowell
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Intellectuals and Race is a radical book in the original sense—one thatgoes to the root of the problem. The role of intellectuals in racial strife isexplored in an international context that puts the American experience in awholly new light. Intellectuals have played a major role in racialissues throughout the centuries. Though their individual views may differ, as awhole their views tend to group, and just over the course of the twentiethcentury, they have shifted from one end of the spectrum to the other. Surprisingly, these radically different views of race were held by intellectuals whose views on other issues were often verysimilar. Intellectuals and Race is not, however, a bookabout history, even though it has much historical evidence, as well asdemographic, geographic, and economic evidence—all of it directedtoward testing the underlying assumptions about race that have prevailed attimes among intellectuals in general, and especially at their highest levels. Nor is this simply a theoretical exercise. Sowell’s ultimate concern is the impact of intellectual movements on the larger society, both past and present. These ideas and crusades have ranged widely fromracial theories of intelligence to eugenics to “social justice” andmulticulturalism. In addition to in-depth examinations of these and otherissues, Intellectuals and Race explores the incentives, the visions, andthe rationales that drive intellectuals at the highest levels to conclusionsthat have often turned out to be counterproductive and even disastrous, notonly for particular racial or ethnic groups but for societies as a whole.

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Intellectuals and Race is a radical book in the original sense—one thatgoes to the root of the problem. The role of intellectuals in racial strife isexplored in an international context that puts the American experience in awholly new light.

Intellectuals have played a major role in racialissues throughout the centuries. Though their individual views may differ, as awhole their views tend to group, and just over the course of the twentiethcentury, they have shifted from one end of the spectrum to the other. Surprisingly, these radically different views of race were held by intellectuals whose views on other issues were often verysimilar.

Intellectuals and Race is not, however, a bookabout history, even though it has much historical evidence, as well asdemographic, geographic, and economic evidence—all of it directedtoward testing the underlying assumptions about race that have prevailed attimes among intellectuals in general, and especially at their highest levels. Nor is this simply a theoretical exercise. Sowell’s ultimate concern is the impact of intellectual movements on the larger society, both past and present. These ideas and crusades have ranged widely fromracial theories of intelligence to eugenics to “social justice” andmulticulturalism.

In addition to in-depth examinations of these and otherissues, Intellectuals and Race explores the incentives, the visions, andthe rationales that drive intellectuals at the highest levels to conclusionsthat have often turned out to be counterproductive and even disastrous, notonly for particular racial or ethnic groups but for societies as a whole.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Sowell brings an all-too-rare perspective to whatever he writes about—that of a conservative black intellectual, especially valuable for this book’s topic.” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“Sowell digs beneath the intellectual arguments to offer more nuanced and complex consideration of attitudes on race and racism.” Booklist
“After reading Dr. Thomas Sowell’s latest book, Intellectuals and Race, one cannot emerge with much respect for the reasoning powers of intellectuals, particularly academics, on matters of race. There’s so much faulty logic and downright dishonesty.” New American

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Author Bio: Thomas Sowell

Author Bio: Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of dozens of books and the recipient of various awards, including the National Humanities Medal, presented by the president of the United States in 2003.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 5.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English