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Summary

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 realise 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 audiobook 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 to 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 classically liberal principles: such as individual rights and limited government, 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 Hachette Audio UK

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"Topical, engaging, personable, and above all, reassuring." (Dr Jordan B. Peterson)

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Good book for burgeoning free thinkers

Dave Rubin's new book focuses on his journey from a progressive activist, detailing his departure from that idealism and his embracing of classical liberalism.
He outlines the fundamental differences between the two and makes a great intro guide for those.. like me... who have come to the painful but brave realisation that the modern left, is no longer liberal.

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Somewhat simplistic, but a great, useful read.

While this book doesn't exactly tread the newest of ground, it does act as an excellent summary for people who are new to the topics Rubin discusses. His writing is very amusing, fun to listen and surprisingly "feel good", but as a result, is fairly simplistic and is clearly not on the level of Peterson or many other people he has interviewed. That being said, not everyone has a masters degree (this is hyperbole), so simpler books are not necessarily a bad thing. I really loved the book, I am so glad I listened to it and I hope it is successful. Also to all the people giving this one star reviews because he said Hitler was a lefty.....I hope you find something that makes you happier than unjustly and pointlessly ragging on a book for one simple thing.

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The moronic blithering of the IDW's dumbest member

rubin puts on full display his compete lack of understanding and total corruption.

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A beautiful book.

Cannot say enough to praise this book.
A rational guide to modern life interjected with personal stories that will cause you to think about your own situation. Narrated by Dave himself which adds enormous feeling to the words.
p.s. I've never left a review for a book before, but this time I had to.

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Definitely don't burn this book

For anyone who has struggled to express an unpopular opinion for fear of being chastised and ridiculed, Dave Rubin's book is certainly a good starting point. It provides a look into the current & polarised climate of US politics, as well as the broader culture in danger of being hijacked by the 'regressive left'.

Ultimately it is a positive book, narrated by Rubin himself, explaining the importance of free speech and becoming better in a period of a bravery deficit.

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Refreshing

Really refreshing in these times and fantastically narrated by the man himself. It’s an essential read in 2020.

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Rubin with no logic and no facts to speak of

Rubin is a man who never developed beyond someone whose views on important issues boil down to “arent feminists dumb you guyzz” “socialism dumb” “right good left bad” “trump emperor for life!” “Something something Venezuela” “America is the greatest ever” “I’m a gay guy so its okay if you call me a slur” and “ill let my male conservatives fuck me over (in a motel room with drugs for money) while they strip my rights always and call my life a sin despite claiming to be my friends”

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Worth a listen

An interesting political, philosophical, and emotional journey to self awareness. An interesting read for anyone disillusioned with the social media world and tired of the political life.
My only complaint is that it's a bit short and I wish it was a little longer.

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excellent listen

The problem with many people these days is that they just don't tell what they really think. They self-censor and worry about being judged for their thoughts. In this book, David is providing us with many valid arguments to encourage us to think for ourselves and not to be afraid to speak our minds. In my opinion, it's a must read for anyone who would like to become more open minded and for everyone valuing a freedom of speech.

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Lezen!

Makkelijk te lezen voor iedereen. Zeker in Nederland is er nog een wereld te winnen. Of je nu links of rechts denkt te zijn, lees dit boek en sta meer open!

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  • 18-12-21

Charming, but short

This book deals with a serious topic in a charming, encouraging way. As a bonus you get about a chapter's worth of behind the scenes from Jordan Peterson's book tour from the author's perspective, which is great if you have seen (and enjoyed) any of the lectures - and their openings by Rubin.

I'm glad the author chose to narrate his own book; it helps to hear his voice, that we know well from his interviews and podcasts. I don't know if I would have bought this book if he hadn't narrated it himself.

All in all I enjoyed the book. It is however quite short, and therefore quite expensive. This is why I usually draw the line at 6 hours as far as spending an Audible credit is concerned, but for Rubin I made an exception. And I'm glad I did.

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  • 01-01-21

I always liked Dave Rubin, even more so now!

He makes the theory practical and give advice and tools to decern for yourself. And after eveything he tells you not to worry more, but less. This was a good choice! to re-listen much later for good all the right reasons.

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  • Pedro Cuevas
  • 05-05-20

Pass on this one

From the self importance of the title, to the werid historical iinacuracies, this book is unintentionally hilarous, Im sad i had to use a credit on this one.