Hoover Institution Press: Ever Wonder Why? and Other Controversial Essays

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Stanford— In Ever Wonder Why? and Other Controversial Essays (Hoover Institution Press, 2006), Thomas Sowell takes on a range of legal, social, racial, educational, and economic issues—along with “the culture wars”—in this latest collection of his controversial, always thought-provoking essays. From “gun control myths” to “mealy mouth media” to “free lunch medicine,” Sowell gets to the heart of the matters we all care about with his characteristically unswerving candor.

Sowell skewers the “mealy mouth media” that call terrorists “insurgents” and rioters “demonstrators.” He reveals how “the idiocy of relevance” in learning has been particularly destructive in the education of minority students at all levels. He explains how a free market and a strict construction of the 14th Amendment would never have permitted the laws that asked Rosa Parks to give up her seat to a white man. And he clarifies the confusion between equal opportunity and equal results that resides behind many kinds of “spoiled brat politics.”

With Ever Wonder Why?—drawn from the best of his popular syndicated newspaper columns—Sowell once again takes dead aim at the self-righteous and self-important forces in government, media, education, and other areas of our society, offering the thoughtful perceptions, commonsense insights, and straightforward honesty we have come to expect from one of conservatism’s most articulate voices.

Thomas Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Among his published works are Basic Economics, Race and Culture, and A Conflict of Visions. He has also published in both academic journals and the popular media including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbe,s and more than 150 newspapers that carry his nationally syndicated column.

Ever Wonder Why? and Other Controversial Essays
by Hoover Fellow Thomas Sowell

ISBN: 0-8179-4752-3            $15.00, paperback
460 pages                                November 2006