ON-Lion Letter
Encounter Books' new A Man of Letters fascinatingly traces more than four decades of Bradley Prize recipient Thomas Sowell's life and career by printing his letters to and from family, friends, and other public figures -- including, Arthur Ashe, Milton Friedman, Vernon Jordan, Charles Murray, William Proxmire, Condoleezza Rice, David Riesman, fellow Prize winner Shelby Steele, Clarence Thomas, and Walter Williams, among others.
Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.  One of America’s most-perceptive public intellectuals, he is the author of more than 30 books and a widely published syndicated columnist whose work addresses topics ranging from racial preferences and cultural differences to the origins and ideologies of political conflict.

The book's first letters are from Sowell's time as a graduate student at The University of Chicago in 1960.  The last letter, a reflective one to his fellow economist and longtime friend Williams, is from 2005.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.  Encounter's president and publisher is Roger Kimball, editor of The New Criterion magazine, which is also supported by Bradley.
Actions: E-mail | Permalink |