Review of “The Thomas Sowell Reader” by James Person Jr.

James E. Person Jr., “BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Thomas Sowell Reader’,” The Washington Times, January 27, 2012.


There is a wealth of instructive reading in “The Thomas Sowell Reader,” on the modern world and its discontents, on dogs and baseball, on life as a black child coming of age in New York, on John Stuart Mill’s essay “On liberty,” and much else. While he seeks to “reduce the likelihood that readers will misunderstand what I have said,” he certainly will be misunderstood by stubborn ideologues and the willfully stupid. “At one time I was foolish enough to try to reason with such people,” he has written recently. “But one of the best New Year’s resolutions I ever made, some years ago, was to stop trying to reason with unreasonable people. It has been good for my blood pressure and probably for my health in general.” Words well worth considering.

The Washington Times