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Gifted Hands

AL MACK Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 4:43 PM
Man, I would love to spend just one day speaking with Thomas Sowell. His knowledge and wisdom are truly to be admired. Man, I would love to be able to spend just one day speaking Thomas Sowell. His take on so many topics would be great listening and learning from.
Tionico Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 12:15 AM
I just completed a business program, the economics textbook is Thomas Sowell's Basic Economics... remarkable intellect, very articulate, and sees through the smoke and mirrors to underlying reality, then makes SENSE of it all so now WE can "get it". His values made many in the class angry... by flying in the face of their liberal, socialist, big government, centrally controlled economy values. I laughed a lot.... their bubbles popping like crazy. I'd recommend this textbook to anyone interested in economics, public policy, business, politics, social issues.... its all wratpped up together. Only a short sightd fool would treat them all as "separate issues". Few men demonstrate such insight AND wit, combined with lucidity.
RetiredInArgentina Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 8:19 AM
Lucky you! When I was first taking (at Michigan), then teaching Economics (at Universidad de las Americas), the only textbook used was by Samuelson, and anything John Maynard Keynes wrote was assumed to be true...

A remarkable book titled Gifted Hands tells the personal story of Benjamin Carson, a black kid from the Detroit ghetto who went on to become a renowned neurosurgeon.

At one time young Ben Carson had the lowest grades in his middle school class, and was the butt of teasing by his white classmates. Worse yet, he himself believed that he was just not smart enough to do the work.

Fortunately for him, his mother, whose own education went no further than the third grade, insisted that he was smart. She cut off the television set and made him and his brother...