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When parents send their children off to college, Mom and Dad hope they'll return more cultivated, knowledgeable, and astute - able to see issues from all points of view. But, according to Ben Shapiro, there's only one view allowed on most college campuses: a rabid brand of liberalism that must be swallowed hook, line, and sinker.

In this explosive exposé, Ben Shapiro, a UCLA graduate, reveals how America's university system is one of the largest brainwashing machines on the planet. Examining this nationwide problem from firsthand experience, Shapiro shows how the leftists who dominate the universities - from the administration to the student government, from the professors to the student media - use their power to mold impressionable minds.

Fresh and bitterly funny, this book proves that the universities, far from being a place for open discussion, are really dungeons of the mind that indoctrinate students to become socialists, atheists, race baiters, and narcissists.

©2010 Ben Shapiro (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Cal
  • 2019-03-29

Great book!

Great book and terrifying for any parent about to send a kid to university. teaches you to counter though so please read.

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Great Read

This book was very informative on what goes on at Schools these days with liberal bias.

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  • Matt
  • 2020-08-28

fine audiobook that does a good job of capturing bens style, can’t make up for terrible book

One of the worse books I’ve ever encountered, ben manages to put all the pretentiousness of a 16 year old virgin into 7 hours of complaining about “degeneracy” such as openly talking about sex and accepting gay people. Uses cherry picked examples to try and say every college is run pedophile, marxist, muslim, holocaust deniers, who wish to hunt down conservatives. Ben does not address what may have caused the left to have a grasp on academia and offers no theory on it. Only shows weak one off examples and manages to say chomsky is full of shit, in this garbage book chomsky could have written in a coma. Anyway it is very clear ben was a virgin when he wrote this as his disgust of sex or descriptions of it is hilarious. Play on 1.5x speed for the full ben shapiro experience

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  • Joe E. Hodge, III
  • 2020-11-10

A fine example of warped non-rational trolling

Only a truly ignorant person or one filled with hatred of rational thought could possibly swallow this trolling for money. If you stop at any point and think about the ideas and motivations of the type person that could write this you will realize that these people use prejudice, fear of intellectuals, fear of free thinking to line their pockets with the support of people the dupe. A fine example of the garbage that has been coming from the Whitehouse for four miserable years.
There is not a trace of empathy or even an attempt to understand in this “book”. It is so reminiscent of the rabid blathering of Rush Limbaugh it makes one truly wonder as to what kind of person could hate so many others and how, other than stabbing others in the back, they could have managed to feed themselves and possibly reproduces.
If you want a listen of the strategy of the genocidally insane that work against every attempt to bring “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” to the human race and attempt to save this oasis in space from thoughtless destruction, only then is this the book for you.

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  • Leo Mizuhara
  • 2020-11-29

Reductio ad absurdum

Wanted to read a strong right leaning text. Every paragraph is basically just a set up to end with a reductio ad absurdum argument ridiculing leftist thought. He takes every leftist view and turns it into an extremist communist, leftist apologist, or environmental terrorist straw man. He does not once out up his own views or policy recommendations. Its just a patter of attacks on singled out straw man arguments for no apparent reason.

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  • Brian Goldsmith
  • 2019-06-24

great !!

Been Shapiro great as always very good book loved it thanks for the information!! thanks

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  • Katarina
  • 2018-02-25

From 2010, but still current

I hadn't noticed that it was only the audiobook version of this book that was released in 2017. The actual book turned out to be from 2010. Which means that the examples given are from that political period as well, naturally.

Nevertheless, Shapiro has a sharp mind and the analysis he offers is still current when it comes to the political climate on American university campuses.

Narration was well-done, the narrator tried to at least somewhat "channel his inner Shapiro". However, I'd have preferred Shapiro himself, I believe his book would have benefitted extra from the unique speed and tone that are so characteristic of the author.

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  • Ivy
  • 2019-05-23

Great book. Highly recommended.

This book kept my attention to the time of finishing it in one sitting. Well sourced, well stated. Give this a listen.

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  • 2020-09-19

New grad Ben Shapiro...

This book was originally published in 2004 which is right around the time Shapiro finished his undergrad, and unfortunately, it reads a lot like it. He often goes from arguing one idea vs another with the effect of a "gotcha" moment, but overall many of his conclusions are surface-level. His tone of writing also makes him sounds like a conservative who went to a very liberal college, which he did. I'm hoping his other books are better written.

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  • Andrea
  • 2019-07-03

The sad state of us education

Controversial, graphic, true? Shapiro might be too much alarmist or is it? A rare opinion

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-08-17

Definitely proves the title of this book

It covers the biases of liberal universities and the intolerance of conservative ideology. It is a fantastic book for actual free thinkers.

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  • Kimberly K.
  • 2019-05-17

Does anyone actually study at college?

Enjoyable. Eye-opening. I did not experience any of this type of behavior in my college days. But then again, I was actually ....studying... Whatta concept I guess. And now, with a kid in college, one a year away, one 2 years out and one 4 years out. I am on the hunt to further empower my kids from the BS that's apparently out there. This is a good start.

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