32 Best Books Written By Thomas Sowell

Best Books Written By Thomas SowellT

homas Sowell writes from a libertarian conservative perspective. Sowell has written more than thirty books, and his work has been widely anthologized. Sowell is a National Humanities Medal recipient for an innovative scholarship that incorporated history, economics, and political science.

Best Books Written By Thomas Sowell: THE LIST

1. Charter Schools and Their Enemies

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A leading conservative intellectual defends charter schools against the teachers’ unions, politicians, and liberal educators who threaten to dismantle their success.

The black-white educational achievement gap — so much discussed for so many years — has already been closed by black students attending New York City’s charter schools. This might be expected to be welcome news. But it has been very unwelcome news in traditional public schools whose students are transferring to charter schools. A backlash against charter schools has been led by teachers’ unions, politicians, and others — not only in New York but across the country. If those attacks succeed, the biggest losers will be minority youngsters for whom a quality education is their biggest chance for a better life.

2. Discrimination and Disparities

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Economic and other outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups, and nations. Many explanations have been offered for the differences. Some believe that those with less fortunate outcomes are victims of genetics. Others believe that those who are less fortunate are victims of the more fortunate.
Discrimination and Disparities gathers a wide array of empirical evidence to challenge the idea that different economic outcomes can be explained by any one factor, be it discrimination, exploitation, or genetics. This revised and enlarged edition also analyzes the human consequences of the prevailing social vision of these disparities and the policies based on that vision–from educational disasters to widespread crime and violence.

3. Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective

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In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in this country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. Pundits and politically motivated economists trumpet ambiguous statistics and sensational theories while ignoring the true determinant of income inequality: the production of wealth. We cannot properly understand inequality if we focus exclusively on the distribution of wealth and ignore wealth production factors such as geography, demography, and culture.

Sowell contends that liberals have a particular interest in misreading the data and chastises them for using income inequality as an argument for the welfare state. Refuting Thomas Piketty, Paul Krugman, and others on the left, Sowell draws on accurate empirical data to show that the inequality is not nearly as extreme or sensational as we have been led to believe.

Transcending partisanship through a careful examination of data, Wealth, Poverty, and Politics reveals the truth about the most explosive political issue of our time.

4. Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

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The bestselling citizen’s guide to economics.

Basic Economics is a citizen’s guide to economics, written for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Bestselling economist Thomas Sowell explains the general principles underlying different economic systems: capitalist, socialist, feudal, and so on. In readable language, he shows how to critique economic policies in terms of the incentives they create, rather than the goals they proclaim. With clear explanations of the entire field, from rent control and the rise and fall of businesses to the international balance of payments, this is the first book for anyone who wishes to understand how the economy functions.

This fifth edition includes a new chapter explaining the reasons for large differences in wealth and income between nations.

Drawing on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history, Sowell explains basic economic principles for the general public in plain English.

Quotes from Basic Economics;

“Bombing does more immediate damage to a city, but many cities have rapidly rebuilt in the post-war world. Rent control does more long-lasting damage because people do not understand the basic economics of it.”

“Monopoly is the enemy of efficiency, whether under capitalism or socialism.”

“It does not matter that a law or policy proclaims its goal to be ’affordable housing,’ ’fair trade,’ or ’a living wage.’” What matters is what incentives are created by the specifics of these laws and how people react to such incentives.”

“Our social visions and our rhetoric are about ’the rich’ and ’the poor,’ as if we were talking about people who are born, live and die in poverty or luxury, while the reality is that most Americans do not stay in the same income quintile for as long as a decade.”

“Many apparently humanitarian policies have backfired throughout history because of a failure to understand the role of prices.”

“Fights over which individuals and groups get how big a slice of the pie create the kinds of emotion and controversy on which the media and politicians thrive.”

5. Intellectuals and Race

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Thomas Sowell’s incisive critique of the intellectuals’ destructive role in shaping ideas about race in America.

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

The views of individual intellectuals have spanned the spectrum, but the views of intellectuals as a whole have tended to cluster. Indeed, these views have clustered at one end of the spectrum in the early twentieth century and then clustered at the opposite end of the spectrum in the late twentieth century. Moreover, these radically different views of race in these two eras were held by intellectuals whose views on other issues were very similar in both eras.

Intellectuals and Race are not, however, a book about history, even though it has much historical evidence, as well as demographic, geographic, economic, and statistical evidence — all of it directed toward testing the underlying assumptions about race that have prevailed at times among intellectuals in general, and especially intellectuals at the highest levels. Nor is this simply a theoretical exercise. The impact of intellectuals’ ideas and crusades on the larger society, both past, and present, is the ultimate concern. These ideas and crusades have ranged widely from racial theories of intelligence to eugenics to “social justice” and multiculturalism.

In addition to in-depth examinations of these and other issues, Intellectuals and Race explores the incentives, the visions, and the rationales that drive intellectuals at the highest levels to conclusions that have often turned out to be counterproductive and even disastrous, not only for particular racial or ethnic groups but for societies as a whole.

6. The Thomas Sowell Reader

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A one-volume introduction to over three decades of the wide-ranging writings of one of America’s most respected and cited authors.

These selections from the many writings of Thomas Sowell over a period of a half-century cover social, economic, cultural, legal, educational, and political issues. The sources range from Dr. Sowell’s letters, books, newspaper columns, and articles in both scholarly journals and popular magazines. The topics range from late-talking children to “tax cuts for the rich,” baseball, race, war, the role of judges, medical care, and the rhetoric of politicians. These topics are dealt with by sometimes drawing on history, sometimes drawing on economics, and sometimes drawing on a sense of humor.

The Thomas Sowell Reader includes essays on:* Social Issues* Economics* Political Issues* Legal Issues* Race and Ethnicity* Educational Issues* Biographical Sketches* Random Thoughts

7. Intellectuals and Society

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The influence of intellectuals is not only greater than in previous eras but also takes a very different form from that envisioned by those like Machiavelli and others who have wanted to directly influence rulers. It has not been by shaping the opinions or directing the actions of the holders of power that modern intellectuals have most influenced the course of events, but by shaping public opinion in ways that affect the actions of power holders in democratic societies, whether or not those power holders accept the general vision or the particular policies favored by intellectuals. Even government leaders with disdain or contempt for intellectuals have had to bend to the climate of opinion shaped by those intellectuals.

Intellectuals and Society not only examine the track record of intellectuals in the things they have advocated but also analyze the incentives and constraints under which their views and visions have emerged. One of the most surprising aspects of this study is how often intellectuals have been proved not only wrong but grossly and disastrously wrong in their prescriptions for the ills of society — and how little their views have changed in response to empirical evidence of the disasters entailed by those views.

8. 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 take 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.

9. Economic Facts and Fallacies

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Economic Facts and Fallacies exposes some of the most popular fallacies about economic issues-and does so in a lively manner and without requiring any prior knowledge of economics by the reader. These include many beliefs widely disseminated in the media and by politicians, such as mistaken ideas about urban problems, income differences, male-female economic differences, as well as economic fallacies about academia, race, and Third World countries. One of the themes of Economic Facts and Fallacies is that fallacies are not simply crazy ideas but in fact, have a certain plausibility that gives them their staying power-and makes careful examination of their flaws both necessary and important, as well as sometimes humorous. Written in the easy-to-follow style of the author’s Basic Economics, this latest book is able to go into greater depth, with real-world examples, on specific issues.

Quotes from Economis Facts and Fallacies;

“Some things are believed because they are demonstrably true. But many other things are believed because they are consistent with a widely held vision of the world – and this vision is accepted as a substitute for facts.”

“Fallacies are not simply crazy ideas. They are usually both plausible and logical – but with something missing.”

“Many desirable things are advocated without regard to the most fundamental fact of economics, that resources are inherently limited and have alternative uses.”

“Some popular fallacies…are centuries old and were refuted centuries ago, even if they are repackaged in up-to-date rhetoric to suit current times.”

“Perhaps most dangerous of all is the practice of not subjecting fashionable beliefs to the test of facts, but instead accepting or rejecting beliefs according to how well they fit some pre-existing vision of the world.”

“Most male-female economic differences are accounted for by factors other than employer discrimination, but that does not mean that there have been no instances of discrimination.”

“Questions about the existence, magnitude and consequences of racial discrimination cannot be answered with gross statistics.”

“Throughout history, the world has abounded with differences that are today called ‘disparities’ or ‘inequalities,’ even in situations where they cannot be explained by discrimination.”

“Perhaps the biggest fallacy…is the implicit assumption that there is something intellectually baffling or morally wrong about the fact that different nations have different per capita incomes.”

“Some might even say that race itself is a fallacy in a world where racial intermixtures keep increasing…even while the stridency of separate racial identities becomes louder.”

“Gross income differences between groups can easily lead to fallacious conclusions, if various demographic, educational and other differences are ignored.”

“In many kinds of endeavors, the costs of not admitting to being wrong are too high to ignore.”

10. Dismantling America

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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 over-ride 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 America that we once knew and expected to pass on to our children and grandchildren. There are people who 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.

11. Late-Talking Children

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The painful and baffling mystery as to why some obviously bright children do not begin talking until long after the “normal” time is explored in this book through personal experiences and the findings of scientific research. The author’s own experiences as the father of such a child led to the formation of a group of more than fifty sets of parents of similar children. The anguish and frustration of these parents as they try to cope with children who do not talk and institutions that do not understand them is a remarkable and moving human story. Fortunately, some of these children turn out to have not only normal intelligence but even outstanding abilities, especially in highly analytical fields such as mathematics and computers. These fascinating stories of late-talking children and the remarkable families from which they come are followed by explorations of scientific research that throw light on unusual development patterns.

12. The Vision of the Anointed

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Sowell presents a devastating critique of the mindset behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years. Sowell sees what has happened during that time not as a series of isolated mistakes but as a logical consequence of a tainted vision whose defects have led to crises in education, crime, and family dynamics, and to other social pathologies. In this book, he describes how elites—the anointed—have replaced facts and rational thinking with rhetorical assertions, thereby altering the course of our social policy.

13. A Conflict of Visions

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Controversies in politics arise from many sources, but the conflicts that endure for generations or centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern. In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes this pattern. He describes the two competing visions that shape our debates about the nature of reason, justice, equality, and power: the “constrained” vision, which sees human nature as unchanging and selfish, and the “unconstrained” vision, in which human nature is malleable and perfectible. A Conflict of Visions offers a convincing case that ethical and policy disputes circle around the disparity between both outlooks.

14. The Quest for Cosmic Justice

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This book is about the great moral issues underlying many of the headline-making political controversies of our times. It is not a comforting book but a book about disturbing and dangerous trends. The Quest for Cosmic Justice shows how confused conceptions of justice end up promoting injustice, how confused conceptions of equality end up promoting inequality, and how the tyranny of social visions prevents many people from confronting the actual consequences of their own beliefs and policies. Those consequences include the steady and dangerous erosion of fundamental principles of freedom — amounting to a quiet repeal of the American revolution.
The Quest for Cosmic Justice is the summation of a lifetime of study and thought about where we as a society are headed — and why we need to change course before we do irretrievable damage.

15. Controversial Essays (Hoover Institution Press Publication)

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One of conservatism’s most articulate voices dissects today’s most important economic, racial, political, education, legal, and social issues, sharing his entertaining and thought-provoking insights on a wide range of contentious subjects. –“This book contains an abundance of wisdom on a large number of economic issues.” –Mises Review

16. Is Reality Optional?: And Other Essays

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Sowell challenges all the assumptions of contemporary liberalism on issues ranging from the economy to race to education in this collection of controversial essays and captures his thoughts on politics, race, and common sense with a section at the end for thought-provoking quotes.

17. The Einstein Syndrome

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The Einstein Syndrome is a follow-up to Late-Talking Children, which established Thomas Sowell as a leading spokesman on the subject of late-talking children. While many children who talk late suffer from developmental disorders or autism, there is a certain well-defined group who are developmentally normal or even quite bright, yet who may go past their fourth birthday before beginning to talk. These children are often misdiagnosed as autistic or retarded, a mistake that is doubly hard on parents who must first worry about their apparently handicapped children and then see them lumped into special classes and therapy groups where all the other children are clearly very different. Since he first became involved in this issue in the mid-90s, Sowell has joined with Stephen Camarata of Vanderbilt University, who has conducted a much broader, more rigorous study of this phenomenon than the anecdotes reported in Late-Talking Children. Sowell can now identify a particular syndrome, a cluster of common symptoms and family characteristics, that differentiates these late-talking children from others; relate this syndrome to other syndromes; speculate about its causes, and describe how children with this syndrome are likely to develop.

18. Conquests and Cultures

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This book is the culmination of 15 years of research and travels that have taken the author completely around the world twice, as well as on other travels in the Mediterranean, the Baltic, and around the Pacific rim. Its purpose has been to try to understand the role of cultural differences within nations and between nations, today and over centuries of history, in shaping the economic and social fates of peoples and of whole civilizations. Focusing on four major cultural areas(that of the British, the Africans (including the African diaspora), the Slavs of Eastern Europe, and the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere — Conquests and Cultures reveals patterns that encompass not only these peoples but others and help explain the role of cultural evolution in economic, social, and political development.

19. "Trickle Down Theory" and "Tax Cuts for the Rich"

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This essay unscrambles gross misconceptions that have made rational debates about tax policies virtually impossible for decades.

20. Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One

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The application of economics to major contemporary real-world problems — housing, medical care, discrimination, the economic development of nations — is the theme of this new book that tackles these and other issues head-on in plain language, as distinguished from the usual jargon of economists. It examines economic policies not simply in terms of their immediate effects but also in terms of their later repercussions, which are often very different and longer-lasting. The interplay of politics with economics is another theme of Applied Economics, whose examples are drawn from experiences around the world, showing how similar incentives and constraints tend to produce similar outcomes among very disparate peoples and cultures.

Quotes from Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One;

“Families, gangs, feudal warlords, insurance companies, partnerships, commodity speculators, and issuers of stocks and bonds are all in the business of reducing and transferring risk.”

“For purposes of economic analysis, what matters is not what goals are being sought but what incentives and constraints are being created in pursuit of those goals.”

“More pedestrians and motorists are likely to suffer injuries or death because more high-risk drivers can afford to be on the roads and highways than could do so if auto insurance rates were allowed to rise to the very high rates required to compensate for the damage done by reckless drivers.”

“As markets replaced politically managed economic decision-making, China experienced one of the highest economic growth rates in the world.”

“Although rent control is often thought of as a way to protect the poor from unaffordable housing, only the poor who initially occupied the rent-controlled housing benefit.”

“As far as the practical effect on patients is concerned, advertising is as much of an ingredient in the drug’s benefits as any of the pharmaceutical components themselves.”

“Paying less and getting less – whether less is defined quantitatively or qualitatively – is no bargain, least of all in the case of medical care.”

“Political thinking tends to conceive of policies, institutions or programs in terms of their hoped-for results – ’drug prevention’ programs, ’profit-making’ enterprise, ’public-interest’ law firms, ’gun control’ laws, and so forth.”

21. Wealth, Poverty and Politics

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In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in this country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. Pundits and politically motivated economists trumpet ambiguous statistics and sensational theories while ignoring the true determinant of income inequality: the production of wealth. We cannot properly understand inequality if we focus exclusively on the distribution of wealth and ignore wealth production factors such as geography, demography, and culture.

Sowell contends that liberals have a particular interest in misreading the data and chastises them for using income inequality as an argument for the welfare state. Refuting Thomas Piketty, Paul Krugman, and others on the left, Sowell draws on accurate empirical data to show that the inequality is not nearly as extreme or sensational as we have been led to believe.

Transcending partisanship through a careful examination of data, Wealth, Poverty, and Politics reveals the truth about the most explosive political issue of our time.

22. Ethnic America: A History

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This classic work by the distinguished economist traces the history of nine American ethnic groups — the Irish, Germans, Jews, Italians, Chinese, African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Mexicans.

23. Barbarians Inside the Gates and Other Controversial Essays

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A collection of essays that discusses such issues as the media, immigration, the minimum wage, and multiculturalism.

24. Ever Wonder Why? And Other Controversial Essays

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Thomas Sowell takes aim at a range of legal, social, racial, educational, and economic issues in this latest collection of his controversial, never-boring, always thought-provoking essays. From “gun control myths” to “mealy mouth media” to “free lunch medicine,” Sowell gets to the heart of the matters we all care about with his characteristically unsparing candor.

25. Inside American Education

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An indictment of the American educational system criticizes the fact that the system has discarded the traditional goals of transmitting knowledge and fostering cognitive skills in favor of building self-esteem and promoting social harmony.

26. A Personal Odyssey

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This is the gritty story of one man’s lifelong education in the school of hard knocks, as his journey took him from Harlem to the Marines, the Ivy League, and a career as a controversial writer, teacher, and economist in government and private industry. It is also the story of the dramatically changing times in which this personal odyssey took place.
The vignettes of the people and places that made an impression on Thomas Sowell at various stages of his life range from the poor and the powerless to the mighty and the wealthy, from a home for homeless boys to the White House, as well as ranging across the United States and around the world. It also includes Sowell’s startling discovery of his own origins during his teenage years.
If the child is father to the man, this memoir shows the characteristics that have become familiar in the public figure known as Thomas Sowell already present in an obscure little boy born in poverty in the Jim Crow South during the Great Depression and growing up in Harlem. His marching to his own drummer, his disregard of what others say or think, even his battles with editors who attempt to change what he has written, are all there in childhood.
More than a story of the life of Sowell himself, this is also a story of the people who gave him their help, their support, and their loyalty, as well as those who demonized him and knifed him in the back. It is a story not just of one life, but of life in general, with all its exhilaration and pain.

27. Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality

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It is now more than three decades since the historic Supreme Court decision on desegregation, Brown v. Board of Education. Thomas Sowell takes a tough, factual look at what has actually happened over these decades — as distinguished from the hopes with which they began or the rhetoric with which they continue, Who has gained and who has lost? Which of the assumptions behind the civil rights revolution has stood the test of time and which have proven to be mistaken or even catastrophic to those who were supposed to be helped?

28. Education: Assumptions Versus History

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In the papers collected in Education: Assumptions versus History, Dr. Thomas Sowell takes a hard look at the state of education in our schools and universities. His imperative is to test the assumptions underlying contemporary educational policies and innovations against the historical and contemporary evidence.

29. Affirmative Action Around the World

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This book moves the discussion of affirmative action beyond the United States to other countries that have had similar policies,
often for a longer time than Americans have. It also moves the discussion beyond the theories, principles, and laws that have been so often debated to the actual empirical consequences of affirmative action in the United States and in India, Nigeria, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and other countries. Both common patterns and national differences are examined. Much of what emerges from a factual examination of these policies flatly contradicts much of what was expected and much of what has been claimed.

30. Man of Letters

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A Man of Letters traces the life, career, and commentaries on controversial issues of Thomas Sowell over a period of more than four decades through his letters to and from family, friends, and public figures ranging from Milton Friedman to Clarence Thomas, David Riesman, Arthur Ashe, William Proxmire, Vernon Jordan, Charles Murray, Shelby Steele, and Condoleezza Rice. These letters begin with Sowell as a graduate student at the University of Chicago in 1960 and conclude with a reflective letter to his fellow economist and longtime friend Walter Williams in 2005.

31. The Housing Boom and Bust

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This is a plain-English explanation of how we got into the current economic disaster that developed out of the economics and politics of the housing boom and bust. The “creative” financing of home mortgages and the even more “creative” marketing of financial securities based on American mortgages to countries around the world are part of the story of how a financial house of cards was built up — and then suddenly collapsed.

The politics behind all this is another story full of strange twists. No punches are pulled when discussing politicians of either party, the financial dangers they created, or the distractions they created later to escape their own responsibility for what happened when the financial house of cards in the financial markets collapsed.

What to do, now that we are in the midst of an economic disaster, is yet another story — one whose ending we do not yet know, but one whose outlines and implications are explored to reveal some surprising and sobering lessons.

Quotes The Housing Boom and Bust;

“To single out home ownership or any other goal as the crusade of the day – as a ‘good thing’ – ignores the fact that virtually nothing is a good thing categorically.”

“Whether we look at the American economy in general or the housing market in particular, we see a history of remarkable progress for generation after generation – and a few recent years when things turned very bad, very quickly.”

“Bad ages to live through are good ages to learn from.”

“And the bedrock answer is: Because mortgage loans were made to more people whose prospects of repaying them were less than in the past.”

“The bedrock question then is: Why did so many monthly mortgage payments stop coming?”

“The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance.” (British historian Paul Johnson)

“Whatever the merits…of the logic or evidence on which charges of biased lending were based, the political impact of such beliefs has been powerful.”

“Home buyers in a variety of circumstances now had reasons to default on their mortgages – and they proceeded to do so, whether they had to or whether they simply chose to.”

“Politicians in Washington set out to solve a national problem that did not exist – a nationwide shortage of ‘affordable housing’.”

“Riskier loans were accepted as good loans by one of the key regulators of the housing markets.”

“Some of the least knowledgeable and least experienced home buyers were now financing their purchases with some of the newest and most complicated mortgages.”

“First-time buyers have also more often than others resorted to various ‘creative’ – and risky – methods of financing the purchase of a home.”

“The record-breaking housing price rises that preceded the record-breaking housing market collapse were not evenly spread across the United States but were heavily concentrated in a relatively few places.”

32. Say's Law: An Historical Analysis

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Say’s Law—the idea that “supply creates its own demand”—has been a basic concept in economics for almost two centuries. Thomas Sowell traces its evolution as it emerged from successive controversies, particularly two of the most bitter and long-lasting in the history of the discipline, the “general glut controversy” that reached a peak in the 1820s, and the Keynesian Revolution of the 1930s. These controversies not only involved almost every noted economist of the time but had repercussions on basic economic theory, methodology, and sociopolitical theory. This book, the first comprehensive coverage of the subject, will be an indispensable addition to the history of economic thought. It is also relevant to all social sciences concerned with economic prosperity, with the nature of intellectual orthodoxy and insurgency, or with the complex relationships among ideology, concepts, and policies.

Originally published in 1972.

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Final Thoughts on the Best Books Written By Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell has served on the faculties of several universities, including Cornell University and the University of California, Los Angeles. Sowell has also worked at think tanks such as the Urban Institute. Since 1980, he has worked at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he presently serves as the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy.

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usiness coaches are a niche profession that is growing rapidly. Business coaching helps businesses achieve their goals by working one-on-one with company executives to develop solutions tailored to their needs. Coaching sessions focus on strategy,...

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What Problems do Business Coaches Solve?

What Problems do Business Coaches Solve?

ou’ve heard it before… You need a coach to help you see the forest instead of the trees. A coach helps you see where you are stuck, or perhaps they will notice your blind spots. A coach is an objective advisor with no ego, that can make you...

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What do the Best Business Coaches Do?

What do the Best Business Coaches Do?

re you ready to take your business to the next level? A business coach can help you do that. A coach is someone who has been in your shoes and understands what it takes to succeed. They are a neutral third party with no other agenda than to help...

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Is a Business Coach Worth It?

Is a Business Coach Worth It?

s a small business owner, you have more responsibilities than just running your company. From hiring the right team to managing finances and marketing, there are a lot of moving parts. To help manage stressors and avoid burning out, many small...

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How Much Should a Business Coach Cost?

How Much Should a Business Coach Cost?

ecoming a successful business owner is hard work. Even the most driven and determined individuals can find it difficult to keep up with all that needs to get done. This is why many small business owners hire coaches to help them stay on track and...

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What does a Business Coach Do?

What does a Business Coach Do?

 business coach is someone who helps you succeed by giving you unbiased advice, ongoing accountability, and insight into your personal strengths and weaknesses as an entrepreneur. They’re there to keep you on track and give you a fresh...

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What is a Career Development Goal?

What is a Career Development Goal?

hen you’re in a job that doesn’t align with your future career aspirations, it can be hard to figure out what your next steps should be. In fact, many people continue to struggle when it comes to figuring out how to get from point A (their current...

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What is Career Development Plan?

What is Career Development Plan?

areer development is the process by which employees grow and reach their potential over time. It can be challenging to maintain peak performance, especially as an employee navigates different projects and milestones in their career. Career...

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What is Career Development Stages?

What is Career Development Stages?

areer development is the process by which employees grow and reach their potential over time. It can be challenging to maintain peak performance, especially as an employee navigates different projects and milestones in their career. Career...

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What are Career Development Skills?

What are Career Development Skills?

veryone wants to land a job they love and is passionate about. But most people find it challenging to get a job that aligns with their career goals. In fact, the skills gap is one of the biggest issues when it comes to hiring and retaining quality...

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What is the Hardest Job on Earth?

What is the Hardest Job on Earth?

verybody has to work at some point in their life. It is fair to say that some jobs are harder than others, but which ones exactly? There are many different fields of work, from healthcare and education to sales and construction. Each job will have...

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What Easy Jobs Make 100K a Year?

What Easy Jobs Make 100K a Year?

ne of the most common questions about jobs that pay well is “How can I get a job like that?” But what you may not realize is that getting a job like that isn’t always as easy as it seems. Becoming an engineer or a surgeon, for example, takes years...

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What is a Fun Career?

What is a Fun Career?

here are so many career options out there, that it can be hard to know where to start. When looking for a new job, you might find yourself asking things like “What kind of career should I have?” or “What is a fun job?” But what exactly makes a...

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What Is The Easiest Well-Paying Job?

What Is The Easiest Well-Paying Job?

here are plenty of jobs that pay well, but many of them require extensive training, education, and experience. Unless you have a group of specialized skills or a lot of time to invest in training, it can be difficult to find a well-paying job...

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What are Good Careers to Change?

What are Good Careers to Change?

hile there are people who lead happy and fulfilling lives without ever changing their jobs, there are others who feel an itch that needs to be scratched. They may love the work they do, but they’re not satisfied with where they are in their...

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What is the Best Career to Retrain For?

What is the Best Career to Retrain For?

ou’ve passed 35 and decided to re-train. But what do you do next? You’re not fresh out of high school, nor are you able to go back to college again. That leaves you with a limited set of options when it comes to retraining. So, what should you do...

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How Do I Start a New Career at 35?

How Do I Start a New Career at 35?

eing in your mid-30s and feeling stuck in your career is a very common problem. You might have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to come along, or you might have felt like something was missing from your life for a while. Whatever the case...

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What is World Without Waste?

What is World Without Waste?

FDA, or the Council of Fashion Designers of America, is the main organization representing and supporting the fashion industry in the United States. Every year, they host the CFDA Awards. The CFDA Awards are the fashion industry’s top accolade....

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Is Zara Greenwashing?

Is Zara Greenwashing?

FDA, or the Council of Fashion Designers of America, is the main organization representing and supporting the fashion industry in the United States. Every year, they host the CFDA Awards. The CFDA Awards are the fashion industry’s top accolade....

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Is Greenwashing a Crime?

Is Greenwashing a Crime?

he term “greenwash” refers to the efforts of companies to appear environmentally friendly without actually doing anything to improve the environmental sustainability of their operations. That’s not the sort of thing that a company would want the...

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Who Created Greenwashing?

Who Created Greenwashing?

reenwashing is the act of a company marketing itself as environmentally friendly when in reality, it is not. It is often a method used by companies to hide the negative effects their products have on the environment. It’s a deceptive practice that...

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Why Do Companies Greenwash?

Why Do Companies Greenwash?

‍he concept of a sustainable lifestyle is all the rage these days. Virtually every article, blog post, and news story you’ll read about sustainable living inevitably touches on the topic of sustainability. And with good reason. A...

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Is Eco-Friendly?

Is Eco-Friendly?

he past few years have witnessed a sea change in the global consciousness about the environment. People are now more conscious of the impact of their actions and choices on the environment. At the same time, the green movement has also become a...

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Where Can I Read Sustainability?

Where Can I Read Sustainability?

nterest in sustainability is higher than ever. That’s because it is becoming a more common topic of conversation. More people are joining the movement to live more sustainable, green lifestyles. With this increase in interest, you can find almost...

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Why is Sustainable Living Important?

Why is Sustainable Living Important?

ccording to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, sustainability is the ability to provide for the needs and wants of current and future generations. Living sustainably is a concept that’s gaining more and more popularity and acceptance across...

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What are the 4 types of Planning?

What are the 4 types of Planning?

he first step to business success is to decide how to define success for the company. In many cases, businesses aren't clear on what exactly they want to achieve, and this can lead to confusion as well as frustration when goals are not met....

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What do you Mean Planning?

What do you Mean Planning?

lanning is all about decisions. There are lots of them, they happen every day, and each one has the potential to affect the future in some way. We should be good at making good decisions and we can't always be good at that. Planning helps us get...

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What are Some Types of Systems?

What are Some Types of Systems?

 system is a collection of parts that work together to achieve a common goal. Systems can be physical or open, probabilistic or deterministic, and man-made or natural systems. Best Books on Systems and Planning What is a system? The term ‘system’...

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What is a System Selection Report?

What is a System Selection Report?

 system selection report (SSR) is a graphical report that helps you select the best systems for your business. An SSR is a vital tool for system administrators and decision-makers. It provides a snapshot of the state of your system, including the...

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What is a System Plan?

What is a System Plan?

 system plan is a critical input to the design phase, which focuses on selecting the right hardware and software components, determining how they will be configured, and identifying security and management requirements. Best Books on Systems and...

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What is Sustainability in Farming?

What is Sustainability in Farming?

ustainability is an approach to the environment that seeks to meet human needs without depleting or degrading the environment. It’s a process of caring for and making choices that are sustainable from a human and environmental perspective. The...

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What Makes Something Sustainable?

What Makes Something Sustainable?

ustainability is a term used to describe something that is able to provide for its own needs and keep going without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. That’s a lot to think about! If you want to know if...

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What is Towards a Sustainable World?

What is Towards a Sustainable World?

n order to build a sustainable world, it is important to take the right steps. This article will cover those steps and why they are important. It will also cover the importance of sustainability and humanity’s destructive behaviors. Best Books on...

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What Makes a Sustainable Future?

What Makes a Sustainable Future?

hat does a sustainable future look like? It's hard to predict the future, but we can make educated guesses. A sustainable future will include a combination of social and environmental factors that are not detrimental to the next generation. Best...

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Is Sustainable Living Expensive?

Is Sustainable Living Expensive?

any people think sustainable living is expensive. However, there are many things that can be done to save money while living sustainably. Organic produce and using cloth diapers are two examples that are less expensive than buying the same item in...

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What is System Planning?

What is System Planning?

 system plan is a planning tool that helps you understand your business and its parts. By creating a system plan, you can improve efficiency and effectiveness in your business. In addition, a system plan can help you identify potential problems...

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What is System Planning in MIS?

What is System Planning in MIS?

n this comprehensive guide, you will learn about the different aspects of system planning in MIS, how it can be used to improve your organization's performance, and how it can be used to understand your data and assets. Best Books on Task...

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What is the Role of System Planning?

What is the Role of System Planning?

ask management tools are a type of software used to manage and track tasks. They can be used for any purpose, such as scheduling and tracking work, but they are most commonly used in the business world. Task management tools come in different...

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How Do You Track Tasks at Work?

How Do You Track Tasks at Work?

racking tasks at work is a great way to get things done. Not only does it help you stay organized, but it also helps you identify potential problems and solutions early on. In this guide, we’ll discuss the best ways to track tasks and get started....

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How Do You Manage a Team Task?

How Do You Manage a Team Task?

Managing a team is one of the most important skills you can have as an entrepreneur. When it comes to managing a team, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. Here are some tips on how to manage a team task successfully: Best Books on...

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How Do You Handle Tasks?

How Do You Handle Tasks?

andling tasks better are important for both personal and professional success. It can help you get things done more quickly, and it can help you feel more satisfied with your work. However, there are a few key things to keep in mind when handling...

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How do you Approach a Task Manager?

How do you Approach a Task Manager?

o one likes a hassle. That’s why it’s important to find the right task manager before you even start working on your project. Task managers make it simple and efficient for you to complete your projects, without having to worry about tedious or...

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What are the 3 Project Control Methods?

What are the 3 Project Control Methods?

n order to achieve great results, it’s important to have a clear goal. Whether it’s getting into shape, increasing your productivity, or becoming more successful in life, setting goals is key. However, setting goals can be difficult. There are so...

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Is Wind Energy Sustainable?

Is Wind Energy Sustainable?

ind energy is often touted as a sustainable energy source. It’s efficient and cheap, and it doesn’t produce any emissions. But can wind energy really be sustainable? In this comprehensive guide, we answer the question: Is wind a sustainable energy...

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Why Green Energy is Sustainable?

Why Green Energy is Sustainable?

reen energy is sustainable because it’s cost-effective, it emits no pollutants, and it’s environmentally friendly. To be sustainable, green energy needs to be affordable, reliable, and clean. Here are some of the reasons why green energy is a...

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What is the Greenest Energy Source?

What is the Greenest Energy Source?

he term “green energy” has become a popular catchphrase, especially in recent years. However, when you actually think about it, most people would probably answer that wind or solar power is the greenest form of energy. After all, these are...

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Is Self-Sustaining Energy Possible?

Is Self-Sustaining Energy Possible?

ave you ever heard of self-sustaining energy? It’s a phrase that’s been around for a while, but it recently got a lot of attention because of Tesla’s new car. In order for a car to run on its own power, it needs to be fueled by something other...

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What is the Idea of Sustainability?

What is the Idea of Sustainability?

ustainability isn't just a big word that everybody likes to use. It's about making sure you're doing things right in a sustainable way. Starting from a pure eco-systems concept in the 1970s and in the World Conservation Strategy, it transformed...

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How Sustainable is Renewable?

How Sustainable is Renewable?

t's a good question as to whether renewable energy is sustainable. In fact, many people don't realize that many of our modern conveniences, like the computer and phone you're reading this on, are powered by fossil fuels. These are often not even...

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What is the Cleanest Form of Energy?

What is the Cleanest Form of Energy?

he sources of clean energy are considered to be green power (solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal). While green power is still viewed as clean and renewable, it is not considered to be “pure” in its source – which can pose problems if it is...

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How Can Energy be Sustainable?

How Can Energy be Sustainable?

There are so many ways to be energy efficient, but one of the most important ways is to use renewable energy. Renewable energy is the power that comes from natural resources, like water, wind, and solar. It's a more sustainable way to generate...

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What is Meant by Sustainable Energy?

What is Meant by Sustainable Energy?

ustainable energy is a growing area of study as we try to understand how to best use our planet's natural resources. This includes energy sources that do not harm our environment and that are still available. Renewable energy is one of the best...

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How Do You Manage Daily Tasks?

How Do You Manage Daily Tasks?

asks are a necessary part of our lives, but they can be difficult to manage. If you’re trying to get things done in an efficient and effective way, here are eleven tips to help you manage your tasks better. Best Books on Task Management Find a...

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Why is Task Management Important?

Why is Task Management Important?

here are so many demands on our time, and managing them all can be difficult. But task management is a crucial part of any successful business. Without a good task management system, it can be hard to stay organized and ensure that your work is...

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How Can You Improve Productivity?

How Can You Improve Productivity?

ask management is really just the ability to identify, organize, and complete tasks, in whatever form they may take. This can include planning and strategizing, tracking and checking tasks, prioritizing and delegating tasks. Beyond the tasks...

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What is Total Float?

What is Total Float?

he total float is the amount of work that can be delayed without delaying the project completion date. If the total float extends too far into the future, the project completion date is pushed out beyond the time when the project must be...

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