One of the things I like about Thomas Sowell is that he tells it like it is. He does not hold back and that is true in this book too. He exposes many of the myths that we have all heard. For example he explains that the way many blacks speak today, which they think is their heritage is really just redneck talk which came from the slums of Britain, sometimes called "Celtic fringe" or "north Britons". These people emigrated mostly to the South in America and since the slaves were more numerous in the South, they picked up these people's way of speaking. He shows how this black culture that so many young blacks try to keep, is really just white redneck culture, and he shows how it holds them back.
He also give a very good history lesson on slavery. Not just in America, as so many people think of slavery, but worldwide. He also explains how and why slavery ended. If you attended public school, you might be surprised by much of the information in this book.
This book is important because unless we understand the past we can't protect our future. The book puts aside the common beliefs and explains the historically accurate history of slavery and blacks in America.