The Right Side of History - Ben Shapiro

The Right Side of History

By Ben Shapiro

  • Release Date: 2019-03-19
  • Genre: Social Science
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 224 Ratings)

Description

Now a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

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, 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 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 more spiritual purpose. 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.

We can’t.

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, the sacred duty to work together for the greater good,.

Reviews

  • What should be taught in every middle school in America

    5
    By Kevin McCoy
    Ben does a good job of distilling the basic history that has produced the American miracle. His insights about where we are and where we can go are fascinating.
  • Good read.

    5
    By nate ace 30
    I like Ben’s writing style and concept presentation. Don’t let the apple bias persuade you.
  • Super Important for our Generation

    5
    By Where's my Supersuit?!
    This book has a lot that’s important for the younger generations to know. Ben does a good job of explaining the history and the West and what makes it great.
  • Great stuff

    5
    By Bigbunit
    This is a great read. It is written in facts and history. Can’t argue those two things. If you don’t agree with what is in the book you can investigate it for yourself but Ben has done it for you. Well done piece.
  • Read the intro

    5
    By Kiteflies
    People commenting next to nothing show they haven’t bothered to even read the very beginning. All it takes is for everyone, on every side, to start investing information from multiple sources and people to start the end of this insanity we are in. Read it then give an honest opinion including disagreeing on points, not simply saying two words.
  • Go away Libtards

    5
    By amh9717
    We right wingers don’t go on Obamas things and rate a one star and put “no” ... find better things to do with your life. Ben Shapiro in the end will always still be more intelligent than half of y’all. I’ve followed him from the very beginning, he not only brings in the facts, BUT knows how to stick to topic. Love this man.
  • I bought the book because of the thoughtless 1 star reviews

    5
    By Al-Pat
    As a moderate historian I find it imperative to subjugate myself to both points of view, whether it is Howard Zinn or Ben Shapiro. I am far from religious, however I can appreciate the argument he presents based on the examples he provides.
  • Another Narcissist

    1
    By Abdo Zozo
    Another Narcissist
  • Go Ben!!

    5
    By cchasewin
    I bought the book because the guy before me said don’t bother.
  • Intelligent

    5
    By moneymfd
    I bought the ebook, because I enjoyed the audio book. And I wanted to go through the references. It wasn’t a book trashing other viewpoints, but rather finding cause for his argument about Western Civilization. Ben is a brilliant mind.

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