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How to Be Right

...in a world gone wrong
Narrated by: James O'Brien
Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1,415 ratings)
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Summary

Forget agreeing to disagree - it’s time to learn How to Be Right.

Every day, James O’Brien listens to people blaming benefits scroungers, the EU, Muslims, feminists and immigrants. But what makes James’s daily LBC show such essential listening - and has made James a standout social media star - is the careful way he punctures their assumptions and dismantles their arguments live on air, every single morning.

In How to Be Right, James provides a hilarious and invigorating guide to talking to people with faulty opinions. With chapters on every lightning-rod issue, James shows how people have been fooled into thinking the way they do and in each case outlines the key questions to ask to reveal fallacies, inconsistencies and double standards.

If you ever get cornered by ardent Brexiteers, Daily Mail disciples or little England patriots, this book is your conversation survival guide.

‘I have had a ringside seat as a significant swathe of the British population was persuaded that their failures were the fault of foreigners, that unisex lavatories threatened their peace of mind and that ‘all Muslims’ must somehow apologise for terror attacks by extremists. I have tried to dissuade them and sometimes succeeded.... The challenge is to distinguish sharply between the people who told lies and the people whose only offence was to believe them.’ (James O’Brien)

©2018 James O'Brien (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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I had high expectations & they were surpassed.

I’m a grumpy man who will agree 90% with James but like to concentrate on the 10% we may differ. I found myself slightly annoyed that after this book it’s up to 99%. I save the 1% so I don’t look like a fanboy.
Really well read & meticulously thought out.
He was kind & tried to be understanding to people he didn’t necessarily agree with.
Makes sense of much we feel ourselves but are to frustrated to articulate.
Oh I’ve found a complaint. Too short. Needs a second in the series.

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The second most important book I read this year

Made me realise that democracy without education is never going to work.
The future belongs to hate preachers. James is not one of them. He is just exposing some victims of hate propaganda to whom the future looks brown.

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  • Kaggy
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  • 15-11-18

Smart, thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining

I first came across James O’Brien when he presented Newsnight and after seeing his blistering and frequently hilarious interviews with the ‘great and good’ I quickly became a fan. I was therefore disappointed when he departed to pursue his career on LBC but was quickly consoled after listening to his shows. I agree he can be abrasive and some of his takedowns can sound cruel but this book gives an excellent explanation as to why he reacts so strongly to people who base their views on conjecture rather than objective facts.
This audiobook reproduces some of his most startling conversations and although they are acted, much of the passion of the original discussions is well reproduced. James has famously strong views on Brexit and this is something he is currently admired and reviled for. He does however demonstrate a willingness to consider the views of others and has the humility to say he simply doesn’t know the answer on occasion.
This is a fascinating insight into the mind of a man who wants to be right not to satisfy his ego, but because it is the right thing to be. I hope he gets the opportunity to present on television again but in the meantime this book does a great job of filling the gap.

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subscript [and persuade nobody]

You will find browbeating of the inarticulate, straw man arguments to confirm Obrien's view, actors performing selected out-takes from his radio show's phone-in contributors, so as to invite ridicule. You will not find an honest effort to get to the source of different opinions.An intellectually lazy book that contributes nothing to the 'gone wrong world'.

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The Psychology of Politics

This book works on two levels.
Firstly an instruction manual on how to win arguments.
And secondly it sets out how we have arrived in this new world of modern politics in the era of Donald Trump and brexit.
It weaves these two elements together along with the collective psychology of a population along with the individual psychology of the voter.
On a personal note this book shines a light for me on why some people hold political views they do.

It's an easy listening book which leads you into deep and complex political and psychological areas without the listener noticing.

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A good experience, but...

overall a good read/listen. I'm a big fan of JOB on LBC and have been a long time listener. However I was expecting more depth and analysis, maybe more facts and stats (maybe a bit how Owen Jones presents his books). If felt a little bit like a collection of his LBC 'best of' calls formulated into a book. Entertaining for sure, and excellent insights from James as usual. Also he reads it very well.

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Disappointed, to say the least

I listen to James O’Brien daily on LBC and have seen him numerous times in person, this book hoped to be the literary highlight of the year for me. I found this book to be a complete regurgitation of discussions with callers and hope it would pull from his thoughts opposed to a re-enactment of his calls on LBC, very disappointed.

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Worst book I’ve read this year

It’s basically just transcripts from his call in show in which he inevitably shoots down people’s uneducated opinions. Very repetitive, offers very little in the way of insight.

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An essential read

This book is a must read for anyone who great, good, bad or ugly at making points that will sit on the right side of history.

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Truth will out!

A must read for anyone trying to counter post-factual madness. A profound and compassionate approach with no hint of arrogance about what is right.

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  • 28-11-18

essential reading in these scary times.

fantastic, important amd relevant book in the current climate of disinformation and the rise of the far right.

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  • Stephen
  • 12-11-18

Not long enough

Such a great book! My only issue was that it could have been much longer. I wish it were a 15-hour tome, as I could literally listen to the profound logic emanating from Mr O’Brien all day.

I found myself feeling a little more hopeful at the end that others are also abhorred at the anti-enlightenment direction some countries are heading in. This shared perspective allows me to at least wish that those on the right side of history will push back and carry humanity back on to the progressive path.

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  • Graham Hunt
  • 07-11-18

Wonderful and scary

A deep analysis of what drives the narratives in the heads of so many people and how they are manipulated and taught not to think. Unfortunately those who don’t think won’t listen to it or read it because in their own minds they are already “right”

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  • PhryneC
  • 01-11-18

A real treat

James perfectly articulates my own feelings and thoughts in this audiobook. I am always so glad to hear that James has certainty where I have certainty, and ambivalence where I have ambivalence. This book is a real treat - all James - no ads, no traffic reports or PM questions just pure James. Can't wait for its sequel.