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How identity politics failed one particular identity. Jews Don’t Count is an audiobook for people who consider themselves on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. People, possibly, like you. It is the comedian and writer David Baddiel’s contention that one type of racism has been left out of this fight. 

In his unique combination of close reasoning, polemic, personal experience and jokes, Baddiel argues that those who think of themselves as on the right side of history have often ignored the history of anti-Semitism. He outlines why and how, in a time of intensely heightened awareness of minorities, Jews don’t count as a real minority: and why they should. 

©2021 David Baddiel (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Patient, clear and persuasive - which makes it not just admirable but valuable." (Jonathan Freedland)

"Just so brilliantly argued and written, I was completely swept along." (Hadley Freeman)

"A convincing and devastating charge sheet." (Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times)

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perfect timing

I've wanted to understand more about the subject of anti-Semitism and this book delivers a well thought out argument on why it matters.

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Important, Powerful and sadly required

David Baddiel describes crucially and effectively the prominence of antisemitism in modern culture and the severe ignorance around it. A book which needs to be put in front of as many people as possible.

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Utterly fascinating

David Baddiel is a very clever soul and creates something so blindingly obvious to me when hearing it and yet, quite clearly it needs to be spelt out. There is no ego here, no self-entitlement, no high horse manner. He’s just stating some facts, some stories in a methodical, plain way. Truly brilliant.

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important listening

David Baddiel has always been an excellent writer and orator. This book is no exception. Very much on point and a lesson to many, including me.

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Good but a bit short.

I enjoyed the book as a quick examination of modern anti-semitism especially as experienced on social media and in popular culture. However, the key word is quick and I think it could've done to be at least twice as long for my tastes. At times I think Baddiel was to charitable to the underlying argument made by left-wing antisemites and he could've done to be more critical of the underlying logic of the "hierarchy of racism" as he describes it. His criticism that wealth and power don't protect Jews from racism is valid and poignant but Baddiel seems to present it as an exception rather than a gaping hole in the logic of modern 'anti racist' theory. Overall a good book and I would and have recommended to others but it feels like it needs a more in depth sequel.

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An excellent essay on anti-Semitism

David Baddiel sets out some very thoughtful arguments on anti-Semitism and racism. Worth a listen if you really want to be progressive.

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Excellent

Thought provoking, good to hear his opinions on this subject. Something I have been thinking about a lot recently.

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A book that should be on the curriculum

Ticks off every point I have ever felt about Jews not counting. A superb book.

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Brilliant, no, genuinely brilliant

Baddiel has forced me to think about my own shortcomings in thought. I will need to do a bit more research on the subject as I was and remain, extremely nieve on the subject.

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An essential book for today.Unfortunately.

An essential book for this day and age. Baddiel is on point and sadly one cannot argue with his assessment of our current climate. I hope this helps to open eyes to the reality of growing antisemitism.

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  • 21-02-21

Outstanding summary of contemporary -isms

Brilliantly created by the author, intelligent, incisive and essential reading/ listening for anyone attempting to make sense of the current factionalism and divisiveness of social media and our times.

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  • 20-02-21

Throughoughly Good Listen

Honestly created and narrated with a timely response to the current societal climate. Perfectly framing the necessity to nurture equal weighting towards hate speech by way of compararitive example and personal experience. Jewish or not, this a great book for personal introspection and a commentary on current societal hypocrisy.

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  • 05-02-21

Must listen book

Do yourself a favor and listen to it - educate about your own biases and take stock