Black Rednecks & White Liberals
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This explosive new book challenges many of the long-prevailing assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans, 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 not only the trendy intellectuals of our times but also such historic interpreters of American life as Alexis de Tocqueville and Frederick Law Olmsted. In a series of long essays, this book presents an in-depth look at key beliefs behind many mistaken and dangerous actions, policies, and trends. It presents eye-opening insights into the historical development of the ghetto culture that is today wrongly seen as a unique black identity--a culture cheered on toward self-destruction by white liberals who consider themselves "friends" of blacks. An essay titled "The Real History of Slavery" presents a jolting re-examination of that tragic institution and the narrow and distorted way it is too often seen today. The reasons for the venomous hatred of Jews, and of other groups like them in countries around the world, are explored in an essay that asks, "Are Jews Generic?" Misconceptions of German history in general, and of the Nazi era in particular, are also re-examined. So too are the inspiring achievements and painful tragedies of black education in the United States. "Black Rednecks and White Liberals" is the capstone of decades of outstanding research and writing on racial and cultural issues by Thomas Sowell.
From Publishers Weekly
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An awesome exercise in critical thinking
This book is by far one of the best books you can read. Thomas Sowells use of of the facts is astounding. What is even more astounding however is how he weaves the facts together to present a picture that is cohesive. The chapter on 'The Real History of Slavery' was worth the price of this book several times over.
The biggest value I think you get from this book is not the data points or statistics, but its assistance in helping you look at the world with a fuller view of life. Not just looking at isolated instances, but trying to take in the full picture.
Thoroughly researched and compellingly written. An essential work by a brilliant Black economist and intellectual who dares to challenge and condemn conventional white liberal "wisdom" regarding Black culture, Black history, upward mobility, and race relations in the United States.
This well research material presents a compelling narrative that fascinates me to throughout with thought provoking reading.