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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Quill; Reprint edition (1 Dec. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688062695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688062699
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 713,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 hope

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sept. 1997
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Sowell uses rigorous, but eminently readable logic in dispelling one affirmative action myth after another. He starts with an explanation of the unifying "vision" underlying affirmative action, then proceeds to isolate and obliterate liberal shibboleths such as the disparate impact fallacy, "comparable worth" nonsense, and many more specific points. He sometimes takes an economic perspective, as when he shows that paying a worker less than she is worth creates an economic opportunity for your competitor. Capitalistic competitive pressure is therefore an agent for equal employment opportunity. He then follows with "The Special Case Of Blacks", and "The Special Case of Women", where he deals specifically with Black and Female civil rights issues. Finally, what is best about this book, and what sets it apart from most other Affirmative Action tomes, is that it is neither overly academic or legalistic. However, it is uncompromisingly empirical, unforgivingly objective, and unabashedly candid. Lastly, and this it what makes it a 10 on my scale, is that it is simply "one good read"!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb. 1999
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Sowell, yet again, displays remarkable skill crafting what is probably the best short work on contemporary discrimination, civil rights and racial and ethnic differences. It is wonderfully rational and empirical in an age where discussion of the topic is more likely to result in irrational anger and appeals to emotional rather than logical arguments. He is a wonderful purveyor of the great maxim: "Capitalism knows only one color: that color is green; all else is necessarily subservient to it, hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it."
Thank God we still have rational, thoughtful voices such as Sowell's in our current wilderness of political emtionalism.
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This is not a massive book - 164 pages - but in it, Thomas Sowell totally undermines the specious rhetoric of the misnamed civil rights movement. His work on demographics particularly with regard to wealth distribution should give everyone food for thought. For example:

Page 18: regarding Chinese dominance in the Far East; the Chinese have never experienced equal opportunity in Malaysia (where anti-Chinese discrimination is written into the constitution), Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand or the Philippines, yet this 5% of the population owns the majority of these nations' wealth including 75% of the rice mills in the Philippines and 80-90% of the rice mills in Thailand.

Page 21: by 1969, Japanese-American families were earning a third more than average.

Pages 78-9: West Indians in the United States are get-ahead.

You would be difficult to find anyone in the UK who considered West Indians to be "get-ahead".

What is the reason for all this? Page 79 "It is, incidentally, a common pattern among immigrants to eventually overtake native-born people of the same ancestry."

The author makes some observations that most Americans have still not observed three decades later, thus, pages 84-5: black "ghettos" (Harlem) were far safer in the 1930s than they are today.

Indeed, how many people today have heard of the Harlem Renaissance, or realise it was once an area whites patronised rather than avoided?

Page 90: "Affirmative action...benefits primarily those blacks already more advantaged, making more disadvantaged blacks worse off."

Was a truer word ever spoken?

Page 111: "Someone once said that an idea which fails repeatedly may possibly be wrong.
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Did you know that the groups who are discriminated against usually do better economically than the rest of the society who discriminates them and the claim that discrimination is the main source of group poverty has no justification in the statistical data? That's just one of many interesting facts you can learn from Thomas Sowell's book. I'd recommend this book to anyone who had to attend so called "diversity training" - very common recently in big corporations and educational institutions - after reading this book you will see what civil rights activists tried to hide from you and how they manipulated history and group statistics to try to convince people to the social engineering programs they promoted.
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This book was educational and interesting. I never realized that so much can be hidden behind statistics. Sowell searches for truth by bringing to light all the data behind the numbers.
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