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“Savagery appeased can only grow. Once you give in to it, it must escalate, like a fire searching for air.”

The man who won the Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross, who wrote the classic films The Verdict and Wag the Dog sounds his alarm about the Visigoths at our gates.

In Recessional, he calls out, skewers, mocks, and, most importantly, dissects the virus of conformity which is now an existential threat to the West.

A broad-ranging journey through history, the Bible, and literature, Recessional examines how politics and cultural attitudes about rebellion have shifted in the United States in the last generation. By screaming down freedom of thought and expression, Mamet explains, we kill invention and democracy—the foundations of security and growth.

A wickedly funny, wistful and wry appeal to the free-thinking citizen, Recessional is a vital warning that if we don’t confront the cultural thuggery now, the commissars and their dupes will transform the Land of the Free into the dictatorship at which they aim.

©2022 David Mamet (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Robert D.
  • 2022-04-07

Phenomenal…

Mr. Mamet’s command of the language and writing skills make this the best book I have listened to in years. I am a road warrior, so I listen more than I read. However, I plan to buy the printed book now so I can see the words as well as hear them. If I were braille literate, I’d get that edition as well so I could feel the words.

Yes, I am a “conservative,” so I appreciate the author’s understanding of today’s societal challenges. You give us hope, Mr. Mamet.

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  • John F.
  • 2022-04-09

Recessional

Very clever insights. It was one of the most creative lectures that I Have listen to.

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  • Terry Richmond
  • 2022-04-21

Think fast, more ideas are coming

Get your dictionary out, be prepared to backup and listen again, and try to think in concepts not simply words. Simply a masterpiece.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-04-11

Meh…It’s an okay listen

I think that Mamet does have some interesting points and analysis of what he thinks is happening within today’s society, but his lack of being open for debate makes him come across as an angry old man rather than someone looking to discuss his view of the world. His rhetoric leads the listener to conclude that he is just as narrow-minded and blind to “the left”,as he puts it, as he claims they are to “the right”. Overall, it is an interesting read, but it also seems more of an angry rant than discourse on what’s really happening in America.

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  • Cal
  • 2022-04-21

Just Chill Out

I bought this new book after reading a recent review of it in the Wall Street Journal.

Fifty percent of Americans aren’t able to ignore their political biases and wouldn’t read beyond the first page or two, even if the book was given to them. If you are part of the other half of Americans, you might find the essays clever, educational, and enlightening. Listen to merely 60 seconds of the audio sample and you will immediately identify your affiliation. If you are in the first group, avoid this book, spare us your hostile assessment, and just chill out.

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  • Craig
  • 2022-04-21

Only the poet-dramatist…

Only the poet-dramatist can command the language sufficiently to fully communicate the hope beyond the sorrow. Mamet bares his soul and has us walking in the sunlight of his hope.

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  • Bill Free
  • 2022-04-18

Amazing book!!!!

This book took me by surprise. It’s not that I had low expectations, it’s more that I had no expectations. The writing is some of the best I have ever read, but the way Mr. Mamet weaves his personal history with his personal library and current political issues is masterful. This was so good that I listened to it twice, back-to-back because I was sure I missed things the first time through. It was a joy to read, even though the topics are those that are the most difficult to discuss. This book is a triumph.

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  • David A Dufour
  • 2022-04-27

Highly listenable and thought provoking

I've been a fan of Mamet for some time, and this is a wonderful addition. It's a collection of essays that present Mamet's personal takes on how political correctness and invaded and in some ways ruined our America. Well read by Frangione, and very listenable, although I sort of wish Mamet had narrated it himself. Some books don't belong on audio, but this one works well.

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  • Eddie
  • 2022-04-21

Mamet is a philosopher

A glimpse into the mind of someone who has seen both of polars we have in America. Take what you want from this book, but know this, Mamet doesn't give a .... about your opinion of him.

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  • David Mahanes
  • 2022-04-19

Ponderings

From the very first words, Recessional held my attention as no other book that I read in the past year. Stimulating, thought-provoking, and engaging. For anyone who is willing to think outside the box, Mamet’s essays will exceed your expectations.

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