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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Basic Books
Publication date September 6, 2016
Pages 624
Binding Hardcover
Edition 2
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780465096763
ISBN-10 046509676X
Dimensions 0 by 6.13 by 9.25 in.
Original list price $32.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
A revised and enlarged edition of Thomas Sowell's essential examination of differences of wealth and income between nations and within nations

Wealth, Poverty and Politics challenges the assumptions, the definitions, the evidence and the reasoning of most of what is said about differences of income and wealth by people in the media, in academia and in politics. After an extensive examination of factors behind the economic differences between nations and within nations -- including geographic, demographic, cultural and political factors -- the last section of the book is a searching critique of leading income redistributionists, from John Rawls to Thomas Piketty and Nobel laureates in economics Paul Krugman, Angus Deaton and Joseph Stiglitz.

Among the more heartening findings from history are the individuals, groups and nations that have risen from poverty and backwardness to prosperity and achievements on the frontiers of human progress. Among the more painful findings are counterproductive creeds and policies that have needlessly prolonged poverty and dependency among lagging groups in countries around the world, and whipped up resentments -- and sometimes violence -- against more productive and successful minorities in many places and times.

Although Wealth, Poverty and Politics offers many new analyses and insights, it is essentially a fact-based study which subjects many beliefs, from various parts of the ideological spectrum, to the ultimate test of empirical evidence. These challenged beliefs about the causes of economic differences range from genetic determinism to exploitation and discrimination. In each case, the analysis follows where the facts lead, whether that is verification, refutation or some combination of the two. Its guiding principle is expressed in a quotation from the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan that opens the final section of the book: "You're entitled to your own opinions, but you're not entitled to your own facts."


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Hardcover
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2 edition from Basic Books (September 6, 2016); titled "Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective"
9780465096763 | details & prices | 624 pages | List price $32.00
About: A revised and enlarged edition of Thomas Sowell's essential examination of differences of wealth and income between nations and within nationsWealth, Poverty and Politics challenges the assumptions, the definitions, the evidence and the reasoning of most of what is said about differences of income and wealth by people in the media, in academia and in politics.
from Basic Books (September 8, 2015); titled "Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective"
9780465082933 | details & prices | 328 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $29.99
About: 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.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780435401542
 
With Penny Tassoni, Karen Hucker | from Butterworth-Heinemann (February 1, 1999); titled "Planning Play and the Early Years"
9780435401542 | details & prices | List price $22.01
This edition also contains Planning Play and the Early Years
About: This work provides practical guidance on planning with play programmes for 0-8 year olds with clear links to the early years curriculum.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781504623520
 
With David Cochran Heath (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (September 8, 2015)
9781504623520 | details & prices | 5.00 × 5.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $34.95
About: From conservative intellectual and New York Times bestselling author Thomas Sowell comes a thorough discussion of income equality and the production of wealth.

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