Black Rednecks and White Liberals

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This is Thomas Sowell's latest book. It contains six longish essays on topics that will be familiar to readers of Sowell's other works. The book's title actually only refers to the first essay; it's an exploration of how today's "black culture" shares a number of characteristics with "redneck" culture as seen in the South in previous centuries. Other essays explore Jewish culture, German culture, black education in America, slavery as a worldwide phenomenon, and a culminating semi-philosophical essay on how "visions" (belief systems) can unlearn the lessons of history.

Sowell, as always, does a great job of digging out neglected lessons of history and culture. After reading him, it's very easy to lose patience with more conventional writers. Highly recommended.


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