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Dismantling America

By: Thomas Sowell
Narrated by: Robertson Dean
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Summary

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 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.

©2010 Thomas Sowell (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“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)

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excellent book.

what a wise man, he explains the troubles that have dominated our society, with clarity.

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Brilliantly Insightful and thoughtful.

From now on Thomas Sowell should be on every school curriculum and on every college course in both the US and Great Britain. This excellent collection of essays and journalism distills its author's views perfectly and illustrates conservative arguments coherently and rationally. This book is also an excellent primer for further reading by this great thinker, who must be considered one of our greatest public intellectuals. Certainly politicians, especially leftists, should give plenty of thought to Sowell's positions on a wide range of subjects. I have never read Sowell before this and I shall now be investing in his works. You should too.

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Your reality is distorted

Sowell is excellent at explaining in Lehman terms how politics is merely Santa Claus for adults. Excellent stuff and a pleasure to listen to common sense logical explanations.

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Some Wise Insights

While I don’t agree with everything Mr Sowell has to say, he nevertheless puts his opinions and arguments across succinctly and without ambiguity.

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Chilling reflection

I’ve listened to other books by Thomas Sowell. This one is much clearer in how he feels rather than the data in his other books. It is however a very interesting listen, logically debunking a great deal of the holy trinity.

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Poorly argued and flawed reasoning

I stopped at chapter 4. I found the arguments unconvincing and couched in inflammatory terms. More of a rant against the politics of the Democrats than a reasoned response or critique

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very right wing

too right wing a view of the USA and the world for my listening. didn't finish it

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  • 01-09-11

Nice Collection of Essays

This book is a rehash of previous articles but not having read Sowell before, I found it to be a good introduction to the author. Numerous issues are covered with specific examples given. Sowell's descriptions and analysis are logical, consistent throughout and easy to follow. I will be purchasing more of his books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-05-12

Turned My World Upside Down!

Would you consider the audio edition of Dismantling America to be better than the print version?

It is for me. It does well for my inability to follow a long storys. These are articles Thomas
Sowell has collected and put in a book format. I can learn by listening to a couple topics and then return later for more.

What other book might you compare Dismantling America to and why?

Other Thomas Sowell Books. They are all amazing and similar in how he writes and teaches.

What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hes not boring, perfect speed.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Musings of a genius unimpressed with himself.

Any additional comments?

This book explains how America has morphed into what you see today. Its not the country I once knew. If you read any Thomas Sowell book you will never be the same. This unassuming man tells it like it is and calmly explains what is happening right under our noses! Like he says in the book "Its not too late. We still can turn this ship around"

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  • 08-09-10

Rehash

If you're a Sowell reader, you already read this stuff. Includes previously famous articles and there is even a chapter of one sentence aphorisms. A crass $ grab? Say it isn't so Tom.

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  • John
  • 13-06-12

Clear and concise and interesting

Where does Dismantling America rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the best of current events and thought provoking concepts..

What did you like best about this story?

A series of short articles powerfully written.

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  • mwcdesigns
  • 27-06-15

A Black Conservative I Greatly Admire

One of the best books (compilation of op-ed pieces) I've ever read. Sowell's descriptions and analyses show good old common sense and are easy to follow. He is presently a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. Being an economist, he has great insight into how the economy responds when politicians try to control it.

Sowell predicted that, given a second term, President Obama would dismantle America. Obama sees it as "transforming" America. But his transformation is not good for America and the world. I have to believe that we will find our way back to conservative principles that ensure opportunities and jobs for all, especially for blacks and poor folks.

Also, the reader was excellent!

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  • Wayne
  • 07-12-15

Views of a man who is an American treasure!

Dismantling America is a large number of Thomas Sowell's syndicated newspaper columns concerning the dismantling of the US and how to undo the damage. Dr. Sowell is a conservative/libertarian black PhD economist in his 80s who also happens to be the the public person that I most admire.

Sowell writes with a clarity that few can match. This marvelous book is among the best I have listened to. His combination of extreme intelligence, knowledge, sense of irony, clarity of thought and expression, and common sense is unique.

This is only my second review of a Sowell book on Audible, but I have reviewed others at Amazon. Despite his age he remains prolific.

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  • Jerry Janes
  • 31-08-10

No facts all political

Well read but lack any information on changing economic situation, kept talking like we could ignore present changes that had happen in the world and hope old industry social would return by wishful thinking. The president can hardly change business practices that been having for decades unless he willing to follow the Chinese model of government direct intervention. Believes money is right way to decide who will get health care, jobs or anything else. Wish I hadn't gotten the book.

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  • Robert
  • 30-05-11

Watch Fox News instead

Would have been nice if the publisher mentioned this was just a right wing screed against Obama and Barny Frank Save your money and just watch an evening of Fox News if you want this crap.

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  • Brandon Kruse
  • 05-11-21

Inconvenient logic

Don’t listen to this if you can’t handle reason and facts cause this will make your head explode

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-21

A Must Read

Former President Barack Obama ran on '"hope" and "change", and Thomas Sowell breaks down how the change he implemented has had negative effects on the United States m

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