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The Right Side of History

How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great
Written by: Ben Shapiro
Narrated by: Ben Shapiro
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
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America has a God-shaped hole in its heart, argues New York Times best-selling author Ben Shapiro, and we shouldn't fill it with politics and hate.

In 2016, Ben Shapiro spoke at UC Berkeley. Hundreds of police officers were required from 10 UC campuses across the state to protect his speech, which was - ironically - about the necessity for free speech and rational debate. 

He came to argue that Western civilization is in the midst of a crisis of purpose and ideas. Our freedoms are built upon the twin notions that every human being is made in God’s image and that human beings were created with reason capable of exploring God’s world. 

We can thank these values for the birth of science, the dream of progress, human rights, prosperity, peace, and artistic beauty. Jerusalem and Athens built America, ended slavery, defeated the Nazis and the Communists, lifted billions from poverty, and gave billions spiritual purpose. Jerusalem and Athens were the foundations of the Magna Carta and the Treaty of Westphalia; they were the foundations of the Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. 

Civilizations that rejected Jerusalem and Athens have collapsed into dust. The USSR rejected Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, substituting a new utopian vision of “social justice” - and they starved and slaughtered tens of millions of human beings. The Nazis rejected Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, and they shoved children into gas chambers. Venezuela rejects Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, and citizens of their oil-rich nation have been reduced to eating dogs.

We are in the process of abandoning Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, favoring instead moral subjectivism and the rule of passion. And we are watching our civilization collapse into age-old tribalism, individualistic hedonism, and moral subjectivism. We believe we can reject Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law and satisfy ourselves with intersectionality, or scientific materialism, or progressive politics, or authoritarian governance, or nationalistic solidarity. 

We can’t.

The West is special, and in The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro bravely explains that it’s because too many of us have lost sight of the moral purpose that drives us each to be better, or the sacred duty to work together for the greater good, or both. A stark warning, and a call to spiritual arms, this audiobook may be the first step in getting our civilization back on track.

©2019 Ben Shapiro (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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good start, but ends too biased

vgood start, but ends too biased. more political than balanced history. no real solutions to solve the societal dishrunt

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common sense look at politics and how we got here

I was a tad skeptical in the beginning and how the connections would conclude but I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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I like Ben, but...

In one phrase: God and USA good, most everything else bad.

I like Ben, and this books has some key messages; however, it is a pseudo-historical account to justify his own version of history.

Nothing wrong with that, c’est la vie after all; I just expected something different, with more objectivity perhaps.

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Enjoyable

Though I took issue with a few things, I found Ben's overall case to be well reasoned and articulate. It seems like a good jumping off point to learn more, which he encourages in the book. It leaves me somewhat more hopeful than I was before going through it.

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  • 2019-09-07

awesome

this is an excellent book for anyone concerned about the direction of society today. a must read!

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Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is a shining light in a day and age where a dark shadow looms. His thought and careful presentation of his thoughts and his ability to bring clarity is appreciated. Thank you Ben for what you do.

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awesome

loved it just found it was best to slow Ben down to about 80%
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an intro to western philosophy.

The book is informative but mostly and introduction to western philosophy. having read most of the works Shapiro is referencing it's interesting to see the linear formulation he posits though it lacks a full breadth of historical context. If your new to the right, philosophy of just seeing the modern left for what it is this book will give you a solid foundation of the basic arguments being presented across the modern political spectrum.

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  • 2019-04-03

Worth listening to...

It is really worth listening to no matter what you believe or your political ideals. I really enjoyed it, and still probably listen to it again later.

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nice summary of the great Western thinkers

I am a fan of Ben's work. In this book, he does a good job of summarizing the thinkers of your time and how different philosophies evolved. I have a much better idea of how we got to where we are, I liked to so much I want to get the physical book...

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  • 2019-03-27

As an atheist

As an atheist I want to let others like me know that the book has a lot of religious material. And there is a slight slant towards making atheism seem illogical. Dont let that deter you though. There is a fantastic underlying premise to the book and as someone who loves history, Ben is spot on when he points to the merging of Jewish spirituality and Greek reasoning as the turning point for society into modernity. And it is undeniable that the church built a framework for the rise of European societies. While I dont actually believe in God, the belief in him might be the only reason we made it. If only because it humbled people to see themselves as equal in the 'eyes of God'.

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  • 2019-03-23

I didn’t know Ben could talk so slow

For those that know Ben and listen to him speak you know he talks very fast. In this recording he slows it down A LOT. If you speed it up to 1.25x or 1.5x you will have normal Ben speed and finish the book quicker. Great Work Ben!

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  • Ismel Reyes
  • 2019-08-22

Ben is right on

In the spirit of the Youtubez:

"Ben Shapiro Wreckz The Tyrannical Left"

What a great job Ben. I am buying a hard copy for a friend. Thank you Ben.

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  • CV Padre
  • 2019-04-22

History of Philosophy

The book reads very much like a philosophy class. I enjoyed the historical review. Shapiro makes few conclusions in the bulk of the book, although his tone does occasionally reveal his viewpoint. The end of the book is worth the wait, though. He states clearly the greatest imperative to people who believe in hard work, individual merit, freedom and respect for everyone - retake the (read the book)!

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  • Hunter Jacen Taylor
  • 2019-04-02

Thorough and brilliant

You ever get the sensation when someone explains something to you, that you knew it all along but never had the ability to put it into words?

That’s what this book is and is a testament to the veracity of this work and the clarity and precision of its language.

Shapiro does a wonderful job of summarizing the history of Western values as well as the forces currently besieging them. I cannot recommend this work highly enough, and this will forever be one of the 5 books I will have wherever I go.

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  • luis
  • 2019-08-22

Epic,to the point,a pocket Malcolm Gladwell

Just phenomenal.Will run for sure,and will win.He used my favorite word (apotheosis). Dan Brown would be proud.

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  • Sarah Cusick
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  • 2019-08-22

Great book!

This book Is packed with info and should be required reading in high schools throughout the US.

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  • 2019-03-21

The first time Ben is speaking slowly!

I needed to raise the speed to 1.5 to hear ben in his usual speaking voice

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  • Tarah Beaumont
  • 2019-08-23

Worth the read

A history of western thought and culture abbreviated into an easily digestible length. Well researched and surprisingly moving in moments.

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  • John Howard
  • 2019-08-21

4.5 tumblers out of 5

Ben Shapiro's oration of this is good although his speaking style is best for talk shows and back and forth, but his speed especially helps move along at a very good pace. I never had the urge to do something else while listening. The book itself is pretty good philosophical view of the ideals that founded the western world as a whole. I already see myself giving it another read soon.

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