A Personal Odyssey (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 28, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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This is the gritty story of one man's lifelong education in the school of hard knocks, as his journey took him from Harlem to the Marines, the Ivy League, and a career as a controversial writer, teacher, and economist in government and private industry. It is also the story of the dramatically changing times in which this personal odyssey took place.
The vignettes of the people and places that made an impression on Thomas Sowell at various stages of his life range from the poor and the powerless to the mighty and the wealthy, from a home for homeless boys to the White House, as well as ranging across the United States and around the world. It also includes Sowell's startling discovery of his own origins during his teenage years.
If the child is father to the man, this memoir shows the characteristics that have become familiar in the public figure known as Thomas Sowell already present in an obscure little boy born in poverty in the Jim Crow South during the Great Depression and growing up in Harlem. His marching to his own drummer, his disregard of what others say or think, even his battles with editors who attempt to change what he has written, are all there in childhood.
More than a story of the life of Sowell himself, this is also a story of the people who gave him their help, their support, and their loyalty, as well as those who demonized him and knifed him in the back. It is a story not just of one life, but of life in general, with all its exhilaration and pain.

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User Review  - Tyler L. Boyd - Goodreads

Tom Sowell has had quite a life thus far. Having read 8 of his books before this I felt I knew him somewhat well, but after this book I know him even better. Hard work, sticking to your convictions ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jay - Goodreads

A fascinating story of how a poor black kid born in the deep south worked his way from being a high school drop out drafted into the Marine Corps to graduating from Harvard and earning his Ph.d in ... Read full review


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About the author (2001)

Thomas Sowell is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has been a professor of economics at leading American colleges and universities, and has lectured in Singapore, Israel, Switzerland, and Germany, as well as across the United States.

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