Wealth, Poverty, and Politics: An International Perspective

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Thomas Sowell

Narrated By: David Cochran Heath

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: September 2015

Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes


In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in the country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. Pundits and politically motivated economists trumpet ambiguous statistics and sensational theories while ignoring the true determinant of income inequality: the production of wealth. We cannot properly understand inequality if we focus exclusively on the distribution of wealth and ignore wealth production factors such as geography, demography, and culture.

Sowell contends that liberals have a particular interest in misreading the data and chastises them for using income inequality as an argument for the welfare state. Refuting Thomas Piketty, Paul Krugman, and others, Sowell draws on empirical data to show that the inequality is not nearly as extreme or sensational as we have been led to believe.

Transcending partisanship through a careful examination of data, Wealth, Poverty, and Politics reveals the truth about the most explosive political issue of our time.

“Sowell is…the most original and interesting philosopher at work in America.”—Paul Johnson, New York Times bestselling author, praise for the author


  • Trey M

    Sowell is brilliant. This should be required reading on every college campus across America. Narration is crisp and concise but slightly robotic.

  • Rebecca W

    Great book, but the narration lacks character. His voice is just a tad robotic. This doesn't really affect the enjoyment of the content, though.

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