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Shame Audiobook

Shame: How America's Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country

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A prominent conservative scholar traces the post-1960s divisions between the Right and the Left, taking aim at liberals' victimization of African Americans and their failure to offer a viable way forward for American society. The United States today is hopelessly polarized; the political Right and Left have hardened into rigid and deeply antagonistic camps, preventing any sort of progress. Amid the bickering and inertia, the promise of the 1960s--when we came together as a nation to fight for equality and universal justice--remains unfulfilled.

As Shelby Steele reveals in Shame, the roots of this impasse can be traced back to that decade of protest, when in the act of uncovering and dismantling our national hypocrisies--racism, sexism, militarism--liberals internalized the idea that there was something inauthentic, if not evil, in the American character. Since then, liberalism has been wholly concerned with redeeming modern America from the sins of the past and has derived its political legitimacy from the premise of a morally bankrupt America. The result has been a half century of well-intentioned but ineffective social programs, such as Affirmative Action. Steele reveals that not only have these programs failed, but they have in almost every case actively harmed America's minorities and poor. Ultimately, Steele argues, post-'60s liberalism has utterly failed to achieve its stated aim: true equality. Liberals, intending to atone for our past sins, have ironically perpetuated the exploitation of this country's least fortunate citizens.

It therefore falls to the Right to defend the American dream. Only by reviving our founding principles of individual freedom and merit-based competition can the fraught legacy of American history be redeemed, and only through freedom can we ever hope to reach equality.

©2015 Shelby Steele (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Dan Luba South Korea 31/08/2016
    Dan Luba South Korea 31/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "An Epic Miniature Tome"

    A fascinating personal journey and a well crafted political history, all lazily folded into a book a Frenchman could read on his lunch break. It weaves together many strands very neatly to provide a lot of insight into the political currents of the last 70 years. I do think his ideas about feminism are a bit naive, but I guess that's not really his main concern.

    This is an important book and its message needs to be taken seriously if we are to avoid the calamities that are brewing in American race relations in the modern era.

    I would recommend Thomas Sowell's "Black Rednecks and White Liberals" as an excellent companion to this book.

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    Nicky Beet 08/08/2016
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    "Obnoxious"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Being a totally different fair and factually accurate book would help


    What could Shelby Steele have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The best thing he could have done would have been not to have written it


    Would you be willing to try another one of Randall Bain’s performances?

    Maybe


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shame?

    All of it.he seems to dispute that sexism racism with its police oppression and environmental destruction are a massive problem in america


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    America the free great and bold anointted to be that last best hope.totally rewrites history to make liberalism some kind of totalitarianism and only neo-cons are right and the vietnam war was truly heroic and the destruction of a country was done to help them(lol)
    Is seriously the most absurd book i have ever heard and what one may expect of a 12yr old

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    15/09/17
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    "Thought provoking"

    Send Castec perspective! Insightful and informative. Kept me engaged and entertained while educating and challenging my perspective.

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  • Kelly
    Stillwater, OK, United States
    08/09/17
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    "Amazing"

    WOW! Thomas Sowell now has competition for being my favorite conservative. I bookmarked so many passages in this audiobook and had to constantly pause to write things down, that's how many profound insights are found in this book. Shelby Steele has some very powerful words here, transformative if you embrace them.

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  • Spirit
    Pensacola, FL
    05/09/17
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    "Is America: evil or hypocritical?"

    Are Americas sins of the past, and present, due to an inherent evil within America, or are these evils of oppression & slavery inherent within the human condition? Shelby argues that these sins managed to find a home in a land which promised to respect the inalienable rights owned by every human being. That America is not any more or less evil than any other first world nation, but that the civil rights movement brought this blatant hypocrisy to light. The question remains, do we abandon the principles of liberty & inalienable rights of all men because of this hypocrisy, or do we build upon the grounds gained and create an equal playing field for all races, genders & creeds?

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  • Amazon Customer
    19/03/17
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    "Great"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, so much so that I completed it in one sitting

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  • Ernest Lozano
    14/03/17
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    "Great book."

    Mr. Steele shares perspective I've never heard. I will study this book, and the others he refernces.

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  • Don Rood, Jr.
    27/02/17
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    "Greatest book I've ever read."

    If one truly believes in freedom then you must agree with Steele. So beautifully written.

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