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Suicide of the West

How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy
Auteur(s): Jonah Goldberg
Narrateur(s): Jonah Goldberg
Durée: 16 h et 3 min
Catégories: Histoire, Amériques
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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • 

An urgent argument that America and other democracies are in peril because they have lost the will to defend the values and institutions that sustain freedom and prosperity.   

“Epic and debate-shifting.” (David Brooks, New York Times)   

Only once in the last 250,000 years have humans stumbled upon a way to lift ourselves out of the endless cycle of poverty, hunger, and war that defines most of history. If democracy, individualism, and the free market were humankind’s destiny, they should have appeared and taken hold a bit earlier in the evolutionary record. The emergence of freedom and prosperity was nothing short of a miracle.    

As Americans we are doubly blessed, because the radical ideas that made the miracle possible were written not just into the Constitution but in our hearts, laying the groundwork for our uniquely prosperous society. Those ideas are:   

  • Our rights come from God, not from the government.  
  • The government belongs to us; we do not belong to it.
  • The individual is sovereign. We are all captains of our own souls, not bound by the circumstances of our birth.
  • The fruits of our labors belong to us.

In the last few decades, these political virtues have been turned into vices. As we are increasingly taught to view our traditions as a system of oppression, exploitation, and privilege, the principles of liberty and the rule of law are under attack from left and right. For the West to survive, we must renew our sense of gratitude for what our civilization has given us and rediscover the ideals and habits of the heart that led us out of the bloody muck of the past - or back to the muck we will go. 

©2018 Jonah Goldberg (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Substandard reading, interesting book

After a couple hours of listening to this I had the impression that I was listening to a very intelligent argument narrated by someone who just wasn't as intelligent as the author. He seemed to read everything too emphatically. It was grating to listen to. Not every sentence can end in an exclamation point. Then I found out it was the author reading it! Too bad.
It's a good book about a topic I'm very interested in but I can't take the audio version in big doses because of how he reads. Maybe he just thinks he's reading to people who aren't as intelligent as him, so that they need to have every point hammered home?
At any rate, I'd recommend the print version over the audio in the case of this book.

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  • Lo
  • 2019-04-12

Excellent

Must read/listen. Jonah Goldberg’s narration enhances the experience. Highly recommended to all sides of the political spectrum.

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  • JF
  • 2018-09-11

Uniuqe, Extremely Well Researched and Reasoned

Jonah's book deftly condenses western civilization's history from the enlightenment to today. He provides insights on human tendencies and cuts against both conservative and liberal orthodoxies while trying to convey the urgency of our moment and the fortune that we take for granted and squander away.

You will not be disappointed by this book, regardless of your ideology. You will be challenged and gain fresh perspective, and even if you don't agree with Jonah, you can be confident you've heard the best argument for his case, made in good faith.

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As good as Liberal Fascism

It would be easy to say his first book is among my favorite reads of the last two decades, and this book is right on par with the quality of his previous work.

Great listen all the way through. Many quotes and lessons to be found within.

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  • In'ART
  • 2019-09-21

Interesting analysis

This is not a suicide, it's a shift, just a new play forward, but stay on track to not crushing the life as we know it.
This book is valuable with numerous citations from past history.

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  • Daniel J. Dewit
  • SANTA ANA, CA United States
  • 2018-04-27

How did I get here? What are these scars on my wrists?

Masterfully diagnoses the crossroads to which the best civilization that humanity has ever known has come to. Western Civilization, Goldberg argues, is not about oppressing minorities — or any of the other slanders that the modern Left has hurled at it — it is the singular accomplishment of the human race. It, more than anything has led to “happy, prosperous, meaningful lives.” And now we face the choice: return to a “natural” state of foraging and fighting, or adopt GRATITUDE for what our forefathers (and mothers) bequeathed us and build upon it, as they did.

Goldberg has done a fantastic job of presenting where we are, how we got here, and where we could go from here (both prudently and otherwise). If I could induce people, especially millennials, to want to read any book from cover to cover, this would be it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • Charlotte, NC USA
  • 2018-04-25

Put some gratitude in your attitude

As is the case with his other books, Goldberg lays out his case in exacting, well researched detail, namely, that western liberal democracy and capitalism are flukes in the natural order and must be actively maintained and fought for, lest the weeds of human nature retake and reclaim. The west will not be slain by an external enemy, but without constant struggle, it will succumb to suicide.

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  • Michael L Krogh
  • 2018-04-28

No matter your politics, read this book

I'm generally to the left of Goldberg (so you know where this comes from) and I often disagree with many of the positions he takes, but find his writing well thought out and incredibly clear and interesting. I think it is critical for anyone who cares about the current state of the country and politics to read this book. Better to listen to it, as aside from a few idiosyncratic pronunciations (for instance, he can't say "globalist" without sounding mocking), Goldberg's delivery is superb and engaging such that you can tell he truly cares about the topic. It's much better than having some random narrator deliver it.
The book builds a clear case for its thesis. It starts with a description of what made western liberal democracy so successful, and continues on to a theory on how we've gotten to today's climate and what can be done about it. While it does make some strong proclamations at the end, that's the purpose of such a treatise. Whether you agree with him or not the case is well made and any discussion of the state of American Democracy today would be wise to include, if not be founded on, this book, whether to build further or, as is my preference, to argue a somewhat different conclusion.

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  • JesusIsLord
  • 2018-05-18

Challenge yourself in what you believe

This book has opened my mind to many areas throughout life. Not only in the political arena but also in a cultural level. Love the history lessons throughout the entirety of the book. One thing that really sticks is nationalism and progressivism are populism which are driven by feelings but more by resentment. It pins “us” against “them” and if we believe our constitution will last these emotional responses then we’re naive. “A Catholic viewed it as a threat when a Protestant held thrown and now we are heading that we when we view the opposing party a threat as well. We need each other to live in peace and harmony but we must have the conversations and not the emotional outbursts. Proverbs 16:32 (AMP): 32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his [own] spirit than he who takes a city.

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  • James E. Morgan Jr.
  • Clinton, NJ USA
  • 2018-05-10

Unforgettable.

Jonah Goldberg is The Great Unifier. This book is just what we need to redirect the American conversation. Brilliantly argued and backed by a fascinating history lesson, the author reminds us what humility, gratitude, and principle look like, and why without them, we risk losing what makes us truly great. I do not agree with every little argument in this book, but the approach is what matters, and makes this book nothing short of inspiring. The conversation doesn't end here, it begins here.

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  • Philip
  • 2018-04-29

Transcendent instant classic

Jonah’s exposition on human nature, tribalism, and “The Miracle” should be a must read for every high school and college student. However, this book becomes an transcendent instant classic with his argument (with appropriate passion) about the indispensable virtue of gratitude.

I will be buying a copy for each of my children. I hope it will influence their lives like I believe it will mine.

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  • Alex
  • 2018-06-23

Reasons to be grateful for America

a great way to u understand the history of America in the guides of what it's likelihood and accomplishments

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-06-21

Everyone should take the time to listen to this.

This is such a wonderfully written and constructed book. Changed a lot of ideas I previously had, and THATS what makes a book or an idea good. 10/10.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-10-31

Must read/listen

I enjoyed listening to this book. It helped put my gut feeling into context, which will help me make more cogent arguments. I believe the biggest impact would be made if the readers were from the middle left and right. However; I would love to hear the thought of the readers from the far left and right.

I will now buy this book and and wear out the pages rereading,marking passages and dog earring favorite chapters and tips for further reading.

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  • Skip
  • 2019-07-30

The narrater destroyed it!

This is one book that I would rather read. Goldberg killed his own book by narrating it. I think the content was pretty good and worth reading.