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Personal Odyssey, A
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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.
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Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and the author of The Quest for Cosmic Justice, The Vision of the Anointed, Ethnic America, and several other books. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Forbes, and Fortune, and are syndicated in 150 newspapers. He lives in Stanford, California.

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Shelby Steele author of "A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America" The memoirs of black Americans comprise a literature of human endurance. But Sowell has more than endured. And his story is more than the usual wrestle with racism. Despite a beginning in very real poverty, we see him always behaving as a free man -- making hard decisions despite his doubts, struggling with the complexities of family life and career, working his way unromantically toward great achievement. This is the story of a man who found enormous power in the responsibility he took for his life. Norman Podhoretz author of "My Love Affair with America" This account of Thomas Sowell's "odyssey" is an indispensable clue to the mystery of how he managed to become the extraordinary man he is and one of the few intellectuals of our time who deserves to be called heroic. Walter E. Williams author of "The State Against Blacks" Thomas Sowell will be remembered as one of the twentieth century's preeminent thinkers. His contribution to economic history and a wide range of political economy and social issues is a part of the permanent record. He has spent a professional lifetime challenging conventional wisdom and attacking sacred cows. "A Personal Odyssey" is not only a story of the life of one of my dearest friends. It's also a story about one of the principal sources of the greatness of America: Just because you know where a person ended up in life is no guarantee you can be sure about where he started. David Horowitz author of "Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey" Thomas Sowell is a national treasure. In our time, no one has written more wisely on the issues of culture and race. Now he has given readers a rare opportunity to know him as a man. Don't miss it. David Horowitz author of "Radical Son" Thomas Sowell is a national treasure. In our time, no one has written more wisely on the issues of culture and race. William Julius Wilson Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University, and author of The Truly Disadvantaged Thomas Sowell's A Personal Odyssey is a tour de force. After reading this very engaging and well-written memoir, readers will clearly understand why Sowell, a man who does not sacrifice his principles, is one of the most provocative and influential public intellectuals in the last half century. Norman Podhoretz author of My Love Affair with America This account of Thomas Sowell's "odyssey" is an indispensable clue to the mystery of how he managed to become the extraordinary man he is and one of the few intellectuals of our time who deserves to be called heroic. David Horowitz author of Radical Son Thomas Sowell is a national treasure. In our time, no one has written more wisely on the issues of culture and race. William Julius WilsonLewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University, and author of "The Truly Disadvantaged"Thomas Sowell's "A Personal Odyssey" is a tour de force. After reading this very engaging and well-written memoir, readers will clearly understand why Sowell, a man who does not sacrifice his principles, is one of the most provocative and influential public intellectuals in the last half century. Norman Podhoretzauthor of "My Love Affair with America"This account of Thomas Sowell's "odyssey" is an indispensable clue to the mystery of how he managed to become the extraordinary man he is and one of the few intellectuals of our time who deserves to be called heroic. David Horowitzauthor of "Radical Son"Thomas Sowell is a national treasure. In our time, no one has written more wisely on the issues of culture and race.

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