Dismantling America: And other controversial essays (Hardcover)
By Thomas Sowell
These wide-ranging essays – on many individual political, economic, cultural and legal issues – have as a recurring, underlying theme the decline of the values and institutions that have sustained and advanced American society for more than two centuries. This decline has been more than an erosion. It has, in many cases, been a deliberate dismantling of American values and institutions by people convinced that their superior wisdom and virtue must override both the traditions of the country and the will of the people.
Whether these essays (originally published as syndicated newspaper columns) are individually about financial bailouts, illegal immigrants, gay marriage, national security or the Duke University rape case, the underlying concern is about what these very different kinds of things say about the general direction of American society. This larger and longer-lasting question is whether the particular issues discussed reflect a degeneration or dismantling of the America that we once knew and expected to pass on to our children and grandchildren. There are people determined that this country's values, history, laws, traditions and role in the world are fundamentally wrong and must be changed. Such people will not stop dismantling America unless they get stopped – and the next election may be the last time to stop them, before they take the country beyond the point of no return.
"Praise for the works of Thomas Sowell: For anyone looking for a straightforward and honest discussion of the origins of our current crisis, informed by a deep understanding of both economics and politics ... " – Washington Times
"I've read all his books and never been even faintly disappointed ... " – Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard
"Thomas Sowell is, in my opinion, the most original and interesting philosopher at work in America” – Paul Johnson, author of "Modern Times"
About the Author
Economics professor and author Dr. Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute in Stanford, Calif., and a regular columnist for WND. Born in North Carolina and raised in Harlem, Sowell did not complete high school with his class but eventually joined the Marine Corps and became a photographer in the Korean War. After leaving the service, Sowell entered Harvard University, worked a part-time job as a photographer and studied the science that would become his passion and profession: economics. After graduating magna cum laude in 1958, he went on to receive his master's in economics from Columbia University in1959 and a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago in1968.
Sowell has taught at Cornell University, Rutgers University, Amherst College, Brandeis University and the University of California at Los Angeles. Noted for his ability to explain complex concepts succinctly, he began contributing columns to newspapers in the 1970s and published a wide variety of writing on various subjects. His books include “Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy,” “Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One,” “Dismantling America,” “Economic Facts and Fallacies,” and “The Housing Boom and Bust.” In 1990, he won the prestigious Francis Boyer Award presented by the American Enterprise Institute.,/p>
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books (August 10, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465022510
- ISBN-13: 978-0465022519
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
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