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The Right Side of History

How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great
Narrated by: Ben Shapiro
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

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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Incredible

Shapiro provides a comprehensive overview of our historical roots of morale reasoning and the evident straying from sense and logic so succinctly. This book could not have more relevance than in this day and age where reason is being increasingly abandoned all so that everyone with a victim persona does not experience the ‘trauma’ of their precious self esteem being offended... the world has gone mad and it is so refreshing to have thinkers and commentators such as Ben Shapiro to bring light to reality. The final chapters 4 lessons for his children are absolutely phenomenal- I am going to teach my own children these crucial lessons as now that I know, it is my responsibility. I am so grateful for this book. Thank you Ben.

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A great compilation and critique of the current date of sociopolitical affairs

I have been twice through this book now and absolutely loved it. It is a great tool to explain where and how we got to the point we are right now with respect to the social debate in western culture.

For me, the only point I wish Ben had dwelt a bit more was on the contribution of Christianity itself in the points it can be contrasted to Judaism brought to the mix, especially after the Reformation. It is totally understandable- he talks from his viewpoint - but I wished more research and light was given to that issue.

Overall, Ben brings in the clarity, tenacity and capacity to interrelate multiple streams of contributions that forms the Western thought.

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Surprising

It was very interesting to have all the philosophies and ideologies that have crafted the modern world read one after the other to concatenate what values we have of the modern world.

It could have been more fleshed out, but the structure and story it gives, is not inhibited, because of that. Good read, and a good revision to our values in the western world.

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Excellent introduction to the western tought!

Excellent in terms of laying the foundations for further investigation of the roots of the West and getting oneself familiar with the consequences of rejection of the judeo-christian tradition.

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A copy / paste job of political thinkers

I really did not know what the point of this book was. I'm a fan of Ben, but he literally went from Moses to modern day going over key thinkers with minimal of his own thoughts. He would state what they say, make a generic comment and then move on to the next individual
I have learnt a lot more from watching Ben on YouTube than this book. I'm actually rather disappointed - if you are the least bit familiar with the works of the likes of Hobbes, Locke and Hulme - give this book a miss. Some originality next time please Mr Shapiro

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absolutely brilliant! Do not ignore this title!

Sharp and concise analysis of the components that gave birth to western civilisation. how it is the most successful and thriving civilisation in the world and why we should seek to protect our free world.
Narrated by the author with his own enthusiasm and zeal for facts and sensibility.
Excellent; I culdn't put it down.

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A nuanced examination of history

It is fascinating to think of the tension between religious thought and reason as not being a battle of winners and losers but as a continually growing debate that improves the way we see the world and behave. A completely different view that I have been taught and seen explained in media.

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delirious babbling

from zero to conclusions in no time flat. no facts needed. do they even have history books there?

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  • WALLASEY, United Kingdom
  • 27-03-19

Ben at his best

Ben Shapiro is one of the leading lights of the modern right. Not a read for the snowflakes out there.

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Amazing book for everyone

A great book that is a great supplement to Jordan’s 12 rules.
Performance of read is spot on!

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  • 27-03-19

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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  • Emmett
  • 23-03-19

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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  • Ben
  • 21-03-19

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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  • Hunter Jacen Taylor
  • 02-04-19

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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  • Mike
  • 15-05-19

Not a book based on Reason or Morality

For as little as this book seems to discuss religion in its description and title, and for as much as it seems to stress reason and morality this book is really an ode to Christianity (or as the author claims ‘judeo-Christian). If you are not religious this is not a book to explore morality and reason and assumes morality and reason are impossible to attain and practice without first being religious, which is not only untrue but is a dangerous assertion for those not endowed with religious beliefs—a growing portion and the largest plurality of US society today. A truly meaningful book doesn’t discuss why morality is impossible to justify without religious, but discusses the intrinsic value of morality in itself and the positive benefits one will see in their personal life and society at large through these actions for purposes grounded both in reason and morality, whether derived from spirituality or not

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  • Denis Kravchenko
  • 14-05-19

Boring, alarmist, nothing new.

I could nit finish it as author walked past common sense solutions and exaggerated societal problems to an extreme. one thing us right, we have it good. Too good, if books like these can be taken seriously.

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  • CV Padre
  • 22-04-19

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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  • Brian
  • 11-04-19

Interesting Project, but...

Very interesting project but Shaprio cherry picks and misrepresents the history of philosophy. I was under the impression that he had a much better grasp. Instead this was an argument for those all ready to buy into the conclusion before seeing the evidence. Somewhat disappointing. Not recommended for those who know well the history of philosophy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-03-19

Long-Awaited & Excellent

I almost always listen to audiobooks at 1.50X speed, but this wasn't exactly an option for Ben Shapiro's rate of speech. Very well organized, concise, insightful, relevant, and well-timed for the issues of today. More great stuff from Ben--Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-19

very good read

Very good argument and well written. what I like about this author is he encourages reader to look at the opposing view and draw your own conclusions. very good book worth a read.

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