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Book Title: A Personal Odyssey|
The author of the book: Thomas Sowell
ISBN 13: 9780684864655
Edition: Free Press
Date of issue: February 5th 2002
Format files: PDF
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Fascinating. Where did the steel come from that propelled Thomas to the principal's office (on the first day of third grade in a new city (NY)after coming to school by himself) asking to not be placed in a lower grade? The principal gave him some problems to solve, asked other questions, and agreed to keep Thomas in the higher grade.
He must not have been an easy student to teach. Was he a brat or did he just have an extra helping of brio? On one level this book is worth reading just for the witty rejoinders every time he was challenged. Sowell made enemies easily, but he also forged strong friendships.
Sowell was a Marxist when he graduated from Harvard; by the time he finished his Doctorate at University of Chicago he had converted to free market economics. He is often characterized as a right-wing Republican; in this memoir he emphatically disavows any ties to political parties, lining up more libertarian than conservative. He comes off fiercely independent. Hard to pigeon-hole, his opinions would at some time or another offend all.
A surprising takeaway from this book was his interest and skill at photography. I discovered a Picasa Web album with some spectacular photos.
I have two books of his on my TBR shelf: Ethnic America and Basis Economics. I've started listening to interviews on YouTube. I'm boarding on the Sowell Train.
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Read information about the authorThomas Sowell is an American economist, social commentator, and author of dozens of books. He often writes from an economically laissez-faire perspective. He is currently a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In 1990, he won the Francis Boyer Award, presented by the American Enterprise Institute. In 2002 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal for prolific scholarship melding history, economics, and political science.
Sowell was born in North Carolina, where, he recounted in his autobiography, A Personal Odyssey, his encounters with Caucasians were so limited he didn't believe that "yellow" was a hair color. He moved to Harlem, New York City with his mother's sister (whom he believed was his mother); his father had died before he was born. Sowell went to Stuyvesant High School, but dropped out at 17 because of financial difficulties and a deteriorating home environment. He worked at various jobs to support himself, including in a machine shop and as a delivery man for Western Union. He applied to enter the Civil Service and was eventually accepted, moving to Washington DC. He was drafted in 1951, during the Korean War, and assigned to the US Marine Corps. Due to prior experience in photography, he worked in a photography unit.
After his discharge, Sowell passed the GED examination and enrolled at Howard University. He transfered to Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He received a Master of Arts in Economics from Columbia University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Chicago. Sowell initially chose Columbia University because he wanted to study under George Stigler. After arriving at Columbia and learning that Stigler had moved to Chicago, he followed him there.
Sowell has taught Economics at Howard University, Cornell University, Brandeis University, and UCLA. Since 1980 he has been a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he holds a fellowship named after Rose and Milton Friedman.
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