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A biography of Thomas Sowell, one of America's most influential conservative thinkers. 

Thomas Sowell is one of the great social theorists of our age. In a career spanning more than a half century, he has written over 30 books, covering topics from economic history and social inequality to political theory, race, and culture. His bold and unsentimental assaults on liberal orthodoxy have endeared him to many admirers but have also enraged fellow intellectuals, the civil-rights establishment, and much of the mainstream media. The result has been a lack of acknowledgment of his scholarship among critics who prioritize political correctness. In the first-ever biography of Sowell, Jason L. Riley gives this iconic thinker his due and responds to the detractors. Maverick showcases Sowell's most significant writings and traces the life events that shaped his ideas and resulted in a Black orphan from the Jim Crow South becoming one of our foremost public intellectuals.

©2021 Jason L. Riley (P)2021 Basic Books

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  • Morgan Boyer
  • 29-05-2021

Outstanding!!!!

I’ve been reading Sowell for years & he’s had a huge impact on me. So it was great to have such an in depth look into his life. I especially appreciated quoting his personal letters & how they show what he was thinking at that time.

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  • Dana Buttone
  • 27-05-2021

Great Read

Jason did a great job. Thomas Sowell is a national treasure. His writings should be mandatory in schools. I'm so glad I discovered his work!

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  • Wayne
  • 08-06-2021

A Biography of Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell, who will be 91 years old later this month, is THE towering philosophical giant of our time. A trained economist with a PhD some of his books have strayed far from his field. But whatever Sowell writes about shows an almost unique clarity of thought and writing that are his trademark. I started reading Sowell with his newspaper columns 40 years ago. Even in the few cases that I disagreed with him I had to admit he had the better logic and facts. He is an American treasure that every thoughtful person should read and study.

With the loss of Sowell's friend Walter E Williams to death last year we lost another American treasure.

Author Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal editorial board has written this beautiful biography of Thomas Sowell. My only issue is I wish it were longer, much longer. Riley has also produced a film available for free. The film is better because it contains actual interviews of the great man, but the book goes into greater detail.

I decided several weeks ago to read or reread all of Thomas Sowell's works this year and while I'm making good progress breaking for books like this is worthwhile.

So we have here a book by one of America's best journalist about the greatest living American which is read by an outstanding actor and narrator. All three are black Americans.

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  • 匿名
  • 04-06-2021

Fantastic Biography.

This was a fantastic biography for an amazing individual. This would be an amazing gift for anyone who loves history, education and powerful individuals who have made a positive impact on the world.

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  • K. Falzter
  • 02-06-2021

Man of Integrity

The more I learn of this man the more I am impressed. Thank you Thomas Sowell for your commitment to truth and the courage to go on the record to defend it. This book recording was a real eye opener as Dr. Sowell’s conclusions fly in the face of today’s popular thought but unlike his views lack scientific evidence. Mr. Riley did a fine job of recording this extraordinary life for us.

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  • Munday
  • 09-06-2021

Excellent intellectual biography

This really is a very good, balanced, appraisal of Thomas Sowell’s main arguments, with enough about his life that you better understand how he came to his views.
An ideal introduction to his work.

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