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What’s Wrong with the World

Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
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In this important book, G.K. Chesterton offers a remarkably perceptive analysis of social and moral issues, even more relevant today than in his own time. With a light, humorous tone but a deadly serious philosophy, he comments on errors in education, on feminism vs. true womanhood, on the importance of the child, and other issues, using incisive arguments against the trendsetters’ assaults on the common man and the family.

Chesterton possessed the genius to foresee the dangers of implementing modernist proposals. He knew that lax moral standards would lead to the dehumanization of man. In this book, he staunchly defends the family against those ideas and institutions that would subvert it and thereby deliver man into the hands of the servile state. In addressing what is wrong, he also shows clearly what is right, and how to change things in that direction.

Public Domain (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Charky
  • 14-09-15

Timeless

Chillingly contemporary for a work from this era. Poignant. Challenging. Excellent audio performance as well.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 24-05-17

The mind that finds...

"The mind that finds its way to wild places is the poet's; but the mind that never finds its way back is the lunatic's."
- G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World

Written 107 years ago, Chesterton's 'What's Wrong with the World' is dated on several topics, primarily regarding women. But even if it wasn't dated, that wouldn't change the essentials of why I am always simultaneously thrilled and frustrated by G.K. Chesterton. I may not agree with what he says, but I always adore how he says it. In that way he is like another English writer Christopher Hitchens. I would read Hitchens and practically yell and the book in parts, but God how I loved the gift of Hitch's words. Chesterton, if born 75 years later, may have had a sparing partner in Hitch. They seem very similar in rhetorical boldness.

Chesterton genius was (and probably still is) found in his playful use of paradox. He, I believe, is the master of rhetorical paradox. He doesn't just want to argue the point. He wants to twist the argument, reframe the debate, make a tangle of both sides, and show the world a third-way. He approaches issues of politics, class, sex, education and tries to show how often both sides of the argument are blind. He looks at a chessboard where both black and white pieces are stuck in a perpetual check and instead of suggesting a draw, he adds a couple pieces, or suggests billiards.

What is surprising is not how often I disagree with Chesterton, but how often I agree with a text that was written 107 years ago. It is also surprising (the math is easy here because he was born almost 100 years before me) to discover he was 35 when he wrote this book. It seems a bit curmudgeonly written for a 35 year-old. But that is also one of the charms of Chesterton. Even as a youth, his witty writings and his conservative attitudes seemed like those of a sarcastic, slightly drunk old sage than a haughty young intellectual. I may admire Charles Darwin more, but I'd probably want to drink with G.K. Chesterton.

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  • Matt
  • 23-06-19

A level-headed critique on the insanity of today

Chestertons arguably best work, these pages are concerned chiefly not with what will be but what ought to be. He picks apart the modernist assumption we hold today with such ease and his creative use of metaphors lightens the otherwise serious subject matter. One star less on performance for the narrator having to pause in the story to tell the reader who each person refrenced by Chesterton was.

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  • Tricia Stevens
  • 23-01-18

Chesterton at his finest

great book great recording. the prince of paradox, the Apostle of Common Sense does it again.

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  • Aly T.
  • 03-01-18

excellent for short commutes

I love GK Chesterton, my favorite book by his is Orthodoxy. this book has a great deal of insight, phenomenal philosophy, and excellent comparisons. With that said It suffers from the same eclectic thinking that GK Chesterton is known for. it bounces from topic to topic quickly, and doesn't summarize it until the very end.

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  • Bert Branson
  • 11-01-17

We moderns need this counsel.

We need to understand a more traditional view of the nature of mankind. Is it possible that our wisdom has not kept pace with technology? Has our arrogance about our place in history of science blinded us to the failure of some of our social ideas? Is it possible that what we deem as archaic or obsolete could instruct us and provide some sanity?

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  • Jacob P
  • 30-12-19

Strangely Current

This classic work by G.K Chesterton is still strangely current and applicable in modern times, for the most part. While some aspects on views of race and societal expectations based on sex are definitely of the era in which this work was written, a lot of the analysis of the problems facing the world, and Western societies in particular, reads/listens like today's news and the current literature by well-known sociologists, religious leaders and media personalities. Recommended for anyone wanting to see how many problems remain the same no matter what changes and we may try to make as a society, for the problems come down to human nature!

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  • Patrick Whiteford
  • 12-11-19

Entertaining and thought provoking

Very good reader. Book was thought provoking, discusses issues we still deal with today.

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  • No to Statism
  • 13-09-18

Excellent Book!

G. K. Chesterton proves his clear and remarkable thinking in this book. Also, I want to applaud Bernard Mayes for his masterful reading of the text; he truly brought this audiobook to life!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-17

worth reading

On ce you get past some outdated ideas, you will find the philosophy quite creditable.