- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - US (24 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062857908
- ISBN-13: 978-0062857903
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Shapiro cavorts through 3,000 years of intellectual history in the span of about 250 pages, offering a perspicuous, "user-friendly" dive into some of our civilization's biggest ideas.--The Washington Examiner
"Ben Shapiro knows the power of his voice. He stands up and fights for what he believes with time-tested ideas. The Right Side of History is thoughtful and well-reasoned - exactly what Shapiro's critics don't want you to hear."--Nikki Haley, former premanent representative of the U.S. Mission of the United Nations
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Human beings have never had it better than we have it now in the West. So why are we on the verge of throwing it all away?
In 2016, the New York Times bestselling author Ben Shapiro spoke at the University of California–Berkeley. Hundreds of police officers were required to protect his speech. What was so frightening about Shapiro? He came to argue that Western civilization is in the midst of a crisis of purpose and ideas; that we have let grievances replace our sense of community, and political expediency limit our individual rights; that we are teaching our kids that their emotions matter more than rational debate; and that the only meaning in life is arbitrary and subjective.
As a society, we are forgetting that almost everything great that has ever happened in history happened because of people who believed in both Judeo-Christian values and in the Greek-born power of reason. In The Right Side of History, Shapiro sprints through more than 3,500 years, dozens of philosophers, and the thicket of modern politics to show how 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 that is capable of exploring God’s world.
We have these values to thank 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 more spiritual purpose.
Yet we are in the process of abandoning Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, watching our civilization collapse into age-old tribalism, individualistic hedonism, and moral subjectivism. We believe we can satisfy ourselves with intersectionality, scientific materialism, progressive politics, authoritarian governance, or nationalistic solidarity.
The West is special, and in The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro bravely explains how we have lost sight of the moral purpose that drives each of us to be better and the sacred duty to work together for the greater good.
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Enter Ben Shapiro and The Right Side of History, which touches upon the incidents that led us to this madness and seeks to solve these issues which have become insurmountable to some of us. I hope that more potential readers realize that this type of information, filled with actual facts and compelling reading, is crucial to those whose foundation relies on us to provide the best future for the next generation. A generation of young people who learn from the actions of adults whose unhealthy addiction to daily outrage and the demonization of any beliefs that oppose our own are not helping us to evolve together as we were meant to.
Thank you Ben, I am so grateful to you for helping to raise the necessary awareness on behalf of our children.
You don’t have to agree with everything he says to learn something from him. His arguments and logic are airtight. This book’s thesis is an important one. It IS Reason and Religious belief that makes this country great.
Ben’s knowledge of classic Western philosophy is impressive. The scholarship is at times broad and deep. This book dabbles with some of the most powerful ideas in history, and it’s so beautifully written. It reminds me of Richard Tarnas' book, "The Passion of The Western Mind" (where he spends the first half the 500-page book talking about the massive influence of Judeo-Christian values as well). However, I like Ben's style and application to the contemporary American experience.
Regarding political speculations, I really hope he does not run for VP. As I read Ben's book, I hear the tone and register in his voice as if I were listening to his podcast: I never want it to end. It would be a shame if The Ben Shapiro Show had to shut down. I want him and his family to live a Long, Prosperous, and Fulfilling life. We need to keep hearing his voice and perspective—without all the constraints being a political leader brings.
This is Ben’s best book so far and definitely worth reading ASAP!
P. S., If you want to see how consistently good Ben's work is, go to his YoutTube channel and check out Episode 207 (Nov. 10, 2016). Currently, he has only 286 views on it. However, he's still just as insightful and an interesting today with over 658,000 subscribers and around 100K views on his latest videos.
Shapiro has once again proved his argument through reason and answered his critics with undeniable truth. It’s far more than meager glorification of Western civilization. He spends ample time explain how we got where we are in the West and why the left wants to destroy the idea of democracy. An incredible read which was well worth reading the entire book the day it was released.
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