Wikipedia profile of economist, social theorist Thomas Sowell, and Eric Hoffer, social writer.

Thomas Sowell was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Harlem, New York.
He dropped out of high school, and served in the United States Marine Corps
during the Korean War. 
He received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1958
and a master's degree from Columbia University
in 1959. 
In 1968, he earned his doctorate degree in Economics
from the University of Chicago.

Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1902 – May 21, 1983) was an American social writer.
 He was the author of ten books and was awarded
 the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983.
 His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951,
 was widely recognized as a classic,
 receiving critical acclaim from
 both scholars and laymen,[1]

The legacy of Eric Hoffer article by Thomas Sowell

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