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Don't Burn This Book

Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason
Written by: Dave Rubin
Narrated by: Dave Rubin
Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
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"Topical, engaging, personable, and above all, reassuring." (Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, author of 12 Rules for Life)

From host of The Rubin Report, the most-watched talk show about free speech and big ideas on YouTube right now, a road map for free thinking in an increasingly censored world.

The left is no longer liberal.

Once on the side of free speech and tolerance, progressives now ban speakers from college campuses, “cancel” people who aren’t up to date on the latest genders, and force religious people to violate their conscience. They have abandoned the battle of ideas and have begun fighting a battle of feelings. This uncomfortable truth has turned moderates and true liberals into the politically homeless class.

Dave Rubin launched his political talk show The Rubin Report in 2015 as a meeting ground for free thinkers who realize that partisan politics is a dead end. He hosts people he both agrees and disagrees with - including those who have been dismissed, deplatformed, and despised - taking on the most controversial issues of our day. As a result, he’s become a voice of reason in a time of madness.

Now, Rubin gives you the tools you need to think for yourself in an age when tribal outrage is the only available alternative. Based on his own story as well as his experiences from the front lines of the free speech wars, this book will empower you to make up your own mind about what you believe on any issue and teach you the fine art of: 

  • Checking your facts, not your privilege, when it comes to today’s most pervasive myths, from the wage gap and gun violence to climate change and hate crimes 
  • Standing up to the mob against today’s absurd PC culture, when differences of opinion can bring relationships, professional or personal, to a sudden end 
  • Defending classical liberal principles, because freedom is impossible without them 

The Progressive Woke Machine is waging war against the last free thinkers in the world. Don’t Burn This Book is the definitive account of our current political upheaval and your guide to surviving it.

©2020 Dave Rubin (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Immediately returned this after the 3rd mention of Jordan Peterson in the intro.

Thought this might be a fun read, but when the author reveals that his mentor is the self aggrandizing, above-named pseudo-intellectual whose ‘baffle them with bullshit’ rhetoric has earned him millions of dollars, I couldn’t bring myself to hear how THIS one condescends.
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I wish...

...I could persuade my friends and family to read or listen to this book. Dave's narration makes it perfect. His humor AND facts combined with his personal stories show how so-called political correctness has lost its way. This book is a keeper.

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Great book, worth the time

I listened to this in the car over several days and enjoyed every word. Although I'm not in his target audience, I really enjoyed his perspective and stories. It's refreshing to hear someone speak their mind freely and fearlessly, especially in this day and age.

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Should be mandatory reading in highschool

This is a great guide on how to avoid getting trapped in ideology. Perfect for anyone who feels too confident about their points of view and hopefully works great for interventions.

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Food for thought

I enjoyed the thought provoking scenarios Dave shares in this book. Being able to understand his journey from what he steadfastly believed in to how his viewpoint changed and why, is a great reminder that just because you believed one thing, doesn’t mean you can’t shift your beliefs. Freedom of speech and thought is paramount to a free and great society and Dave underlined that point very well. I also enjoyed the manner in which he tells his story. Great book!

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Great book all should read

This a book that show s how we have forgotten the importance of read for ourselves and standing up to the mob as one you will be their target

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thanks Dave

thanks dave for writing this. I hope it inspires others as it has me. thanks again

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Genuine and generous

Speaking thoughtfully, candidly and honestly. Asking questions without preconceptions. Willing to listen and debate.

Dave's interviews were a great find. Listening to his backstory and advice intertwined made great sense.

Life is indeed about discovery, often about oneself and the truth in it all: the more you know, the more you are aware about all the things you know nothing about.

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Dave Rubin at his best

There is a lot to love in the presentation and performance by Dave Rubin. I would have enjoyed my time spent even if I wasn't in agreement on Rubin's outlook on politics.
Just like his podcast The Rubin Report this is an easy recommendation. Give it a listen, you won't regret it.

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This could be one of the most important books of the decade

One some points I might even strongly disagree, but this book was incredibly refreshing (and needed) to listen to. Thanks Dave

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  • Monica K Craig
  • 2020-04-30

This old white lady loves her some Dave Rubin.

I like that Dave narrates this. He wrote it so he knew where the inflections really needed to be! The message of the book was fantastic, but the emotion of the book was even better.

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  • Justin Herman
  • 2020-04-28

Gold for the thinker

If you’re open to ideas, if you’re willing to think for yourself, and if you’re willing to listen to things you might not agree with (and a lot you probably do agree with) this book is absolutely for you.
Unchain your mind!!!

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  • quintus
  • 2020-05-01

Poorly written, wrong on facts, poor content.

I gave it a try and I could not finish it. I have no dog in the fight (I am not leftwing or anything) and I am really interested in ideas. There are much better books addressing problems with cancel culture (e.g Haidt, Nagle, Hoff Sommers) or 'classical-liberal politics'. Unless you are a fan, it is a waste of time.

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  • JPG
  • 2020-04-29

Well written and enjoyable!

Dave is a very thoughtful speaker and that has carried through into this audiobook reading. He presents the logical justification for his transformation from a preprogrammed voice of the left to a rational supporter of individual rights. He is a great dude and this is a great book!

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  • Aaron G.
  • 2020-05-06

To Ben Affleck

Right off the bat I'm admitting biase. That being said it took me a couple of days to pull the trigger on this one. I already watch his podcast regularly what else could he say in this that I haven't heard already? Man I'm I glad I did this book really encapsulates the last 5 years for me. It's poignant and even funnier than I anticipated. And believe it or not there are a couple of details I hadn't heard before. Think For Yourself!

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  • Jordan
  • 2020-05-05

Partisan garbage

This audiobook is terrible. There is no attempt by the author to engage in discussing political issues in good faith. This audiobook is equal parts ahistorical tired right wing propaganda you can find on YouTube, and an extended whiny monologue condemning anyone who criticized the author on Twitter. Without hesitation this “free speech absolutist” claims the first amendment is the greatest law ever created shortly after referencing his libel suit against a journalist who called him part of the “far right.” I was hoping to enjoy this and perhaps hear a different perspective but this work is embarrassing.

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  • Jeanine Johnson
  • 2020-04-29

Excellent read!

Extremely timely and well written. Highly recommend! Dave Rubin is a refreshing break from all the highly partisan and often intellectually dishonest voices blaring across the political/social landscape. You don’t have to agree with every opinion he puts forth to appreciate his analysis.

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  • Jeff
  • 2020-04-30

Dave Rubin tells Dave Rubin

Enjoyed this greatly. I will be dipping back into a couple of chapters again, and soon. If you're on your own chase for making sense of the media world we live in or just looking for sound observations after having gotten through to the other side, there is something for you inside.

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  • Jessica
  • 2020-05-05

Rubin loves logical fallacies

thought i'd give a chance since everyone hates him, then realized there are plenty of reasons for that. I had to stop listening when he compared refusing service Nazis to refusing service to gay couples... free thinking doesn't mean be stupid, and everyone knows gay people didn't go around killing straight people
also, most progressives I know are straight white men, so saying the left hates them is ridiculous.
it's a book full of lies and unreasonable conclusions. my forehead hurts from all the face palms.

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  • Melissa
  • 2020-04-29

What a great listen!

Downloaded into my Audible library the day it was released (4/28) and 24 hours later, I'm already finished. There's a lot of what you would expect in this book, but also a fair amount of honest and VERY real moments shared by Dave. Definitely worth the buy!

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