Thomas Sowell - Common Sense in a Senseless World

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Thomas Sowell: Common Sense in a Senseless World traces Sowell’s journey from humble beginnings to the Hoover Institution, becoming one of our era’s greatest economists, political philosophers, and prolific authors. 

Hosted by Jason Riley, a member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board, the one-hour program features insights from Sowell and interviews with his close friends and associates, revealing why the intensely private Thomas Sowell is considered by many to be “one of the greatest minds of the past half-century” and “the smartest person in the room.”

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For more than two decades, Jason Riley has closely studied the life and work of Thomas Sowell, which makes him the perfect individual to host Thomas Sowell: Common Sense in a Senseless World. In fact, Riley’s intellectual biography of Sowell, Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell, is scheduled to be published in May 2021.

“Tom Sowell is known for his views on economics, history, race, and politics,” said Riley. “But I’ve also discovered some lesser-known aspects of his life…his research and his writings about late-talking children and the fact that he is a highly regarded world-traveling photographer.”

Riley is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a member of the Editorial Board at The Wall Street Journal, where he has published opinion pieces for more than 20 years. His topics include politics, economics, education, immigration, social inequality, and race.

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about THOMAS sowell

Thomas Sowell is considered by many to be one of the greatest minds of the past half-century. A best-selling author, economist, photographer, syndicated columnist, historian, and academic, Sowell cannot be described by one vocation. “As public intellectuals go, few have been more prolific than Thomas Sowell,” said Washington Post.

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Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell

In the first-ever biography of Sowell, Jason L. Riley gives this iconic thinker his due and responds to the detractors. Maverick showcases Sowell's most significant writings and traces the life events that shaped his ideas and resulted in a Black orphan from the Jim Crow South becoming one of our foremost public intellectuals.

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