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Bullies: How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,045 ratings  ·  218 reviews
From the editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire comes a galvanizing and alarming look at the strategy and tactics of leftist thuggery.

While President Obama and the left like to pretend that they oppose bullying with all their hearts and souls, the truth is far darker: the left is the greatest purveyor of bullying in modern American history. Bullying has morphed into the left’s
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Published January 8th 2013 by Threshold Editions
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RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
I will write why I gave it 5 stars later. Probably closer to end of the year. This book is good. I want to explain why. This would need my old writing style.

It personal which is why I cannot explain. Too hard to discuss right now. Life can be worst. Be well.


Update. 10-6-18. I give this quote to sum up the wonder of this book:

-One of the painful signs of years of dumbed-down education is how many people are unable to make a coherent argument. They can vent their emotions, question other peopl
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: political
As always I will urge the reading of this book with an attempt at an open mind before deciding you dislike it.

More and more we have less and less communication. Our country is at this probably more divided than it has been at any time since the Civil War (or War Between the States if you prefer). Speakers show up on college campuses only to be shouted down before they ever speak. People REFUSE to take part in thoughtful dialogue. Rather (using the tactics urged in Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
After seeing the twentysomething author take down Piers Morgan on the latter's CNN talk show, I ordered the book thinking it would be a similarly smart take-down of smug leftists who attempt to bully conservatives into silence by calling us names and questioning our motives.

And to be sure, he does do much solid research providing examples of just that, liberals substituting name-calling for argument. But, he also engages in his own share of name calling, offering gratuitous asides mocking libera
John Roskelley
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have asked some liberal friends to read this in exchange for my reading and objectively critiquing anything they want to suggest. So far, I've had no one accept this challenge. I suspect that they don't want to be exposed to a well-written and well-documented review of their well-known tactics. Keep up the Breitbart dream, Ben. ...more
This book is the worst kind of garbage. It's not even worthy of being burned. Perhaps it could be shredded, mixed with cow manure and thrown on next year's garden, but I'd worry about the toxicity keeping the seeds from germinating.

Ben Shapiro is a bully of the most deceptive kind: the bully who plays the victim card. And in case you think my introductory paragraph is bullying, lets look at how Shapiro says you should treat a bully, "There is only one way to stop a bully: to punch back. We've se
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
A decent answer to name calling and insult that is routinely part of the left's reaction to disagreement. The vitriol put out in the last years, especially upon Andrew Breitbart's death! This is a needed answer. Timely and overdue. Stomach churning, gut wrenching- the constant insults by media, celebs, and our President. And not only to Conservatives either, but to and about almost every aspect of Christianity belief and practice in general. They are contained not only in the positive (which app ...more
Rayana Guimarães
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I picked up this book after the turmoil that had been going on in american universities concerning free speech. Students were protesting and some violently trying to shut down conservative speakers. Ben was one of them.

I was admittedly an Obama enthusiast throughout college and I even wrote my dissertation on him. So you can imagine how hard it was for me to swallow some of the things written in this book, if you're familiar with Ben's estimations of the Obama administration.
I was appalled by s
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
You know how you sometimes wish someone would write the way you think when referring to the media types that denigrate conservatisim and Christianity? This book does just that. Fairly dripping with humerous sarcasm, not to mention THE TRUTH about the left and how they operate, I loved this book!
Michelle Robinson
Hmmm, I read this book because it has become increasingly obvious, in my opinion, that there is a definite bias in our media. That may be an obvious statement to some. That was not the case for me.

I was completely surprised by the total lack of coveerage most media gave to Floyd Lee Corkins II who shot a guard at the Family Research Council. This was an act of terroristis violence. Had it happened at an abortion clinic it would have been on all the news outlets for days, that is what I though a
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely brilliant. There aren't too many books that are this unique in challenging the leftist bullying establishment. Shapiro convincingly provides undeniable examples of partisan leftist bullying of anyone who has the courage to disagree. ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was willing to read this because I think Ben Shapiro is the most talented young debater I have seen. He is able to go into a hostile environment (usually a campus), entertain a biased and slanted question, know significantly more about that topic than nearly everyone, quickly identify the common ground, narrow the issue, and then use well-reasoned argument and logic to go from the common ground to his position on the issue. He is very successful at this--namely because he is smarter and more a ...more
Jamie King
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics
Shapiro is very smart. I don't think anyone could deny that. This is another one of those Liberal bash books/conservative defense. I feel like a genre is forming.

The book pours over so much development in the media. It is great for this cataloging but does not make for good entertainment at times. I constantly felt that much of the events I was somewhat familiar with were like getting beat over the head with the point instead of moving on. The format would of been much better like the PIG "textb
Cate B
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not going to lie, I like Ben Shapiro. He's logical, conservative, and anti-Trump. Ben Shapiro does a great job at explaining how it has become a routine political tactic to bully others into silence, i.e., accusing someone of racism for favoring certain economic policies, misogyny because they don't support the same health insurance scheme, or even claiming that everyone that disagrees with you is stupid, etc... The book was a bit dated, but honestly, I think the bullying has gotten worse si ...more
James Chappell
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this is a damn sight better than Brainwashed, and a very good read, it just scraped a fourth star. Shapiro is sharp as usual in his observations on the bullying tactics of the left, and when dealing with this, it makes for riveting, infuriating reading. The problem is that when writing his retorts, Shapiro is nowhere near as courteous as he is in real life. In fact he's sometimes almost as downright crude as those he lambasts and really needs to tone it down. Kimberly Strassel did it the r ...more
Frederick Ford
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found Ben's book to be quite an eye opener. It's not that I hadn't thought about what he carefully documented but I had only discussed it with my wife after certain news events. He not only gives a wake-up call to all non-leftists, but he provides some of the tools to engage these people in debate.

For a non-fiction book, I found that I couldn't put it down once I started it.

Excellent read. Highly recommended.
Derek Kunhee Kim
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shapiro's pinned tweet, "Facts don't care about your feelings" hits at the heart of this book. He hits the left right at the heart from where their bigotry and hypocrisy springs. I highly recommend this to anyone who seeks to venture into the liberal mindset and also learn how to fight back. ...more
Catalin Negru
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Target audience: General audience, except children.

About the author: According to his Goodreads page, Ben Shapiro entered UCLA at the age of 16 and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in June 2004 with a BA in Political Science. He graduated Harvard Law School cum laude in June 2007. Shapiro was hired by Creators Syndicate at age 17 to become the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the U.S.His columns are printed in major newspapers and websites including Townhall, ABCNews, Worl
Grant Pickett
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5/5. I absolutely loved reading Bullies by Ben Shapiro. After this past general election, I wanted to read many political books. After learning of Ben Shapiro I really wanted to see what he had written. When I found Bullies it seemed very interesting so I decided to read it. In this book, Ben Shapiro does a fantastic job at examining and explaining the culture of fear and intimidation that the left uses in order to silence Americans that have a different opinion. Shapiro shows how leftists have ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book one of my New Year's resolution to become more acquainted with political viewpoints. I must say that I am not a fan of the blatantly charged tone that pervades the book. In some parts I disagreed so vehemently it was difficult to read, but then at other points I agreed with some sentiments and it was refreshing to see other people can have a similar view as it seems so few have any conservative viewpoints at all. Overall, it was a slightly exhaustive read due to the anger and eagerness to p ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, politics
This book is an outlet for Shapiro to talk about anything he wants. Because I like hearing Ben rant about anything he wants, this was interesting for me; I trust him. If I didn't know or trust the author, then I would not have enjoyed this nearly as much. I also usually enjoy and understand his levels of sarcasm, but in this book I think he could have toned it down just a little. In a few spots I could feel him trying too hard to be funny. He also comes down hard on Obama, which is fine but it d ...more
Great book. It's full of documented sources that show how the left continually tries to bully everyone else into their "my way or the highway" mentality. Highly recommended, especially for those skeptical of the difference between liberals and conservatives. ...more
Daryl Thompson
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed Ben's approach to understand where the true bullying is. ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has completely changed my view of Obama and the left. I have a few concerns with some biased language in the second half of the book, but I think I'm smart enough to think for myself. And Ben has me converted!! Many of the things that he said are things that I have thought about for a while, but I wasn't sure what that said about my political beliefs. I'm excited to expand my thoughts on conservatism. ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
The writing is witty, insightful, and fun to read.

I have seen and felt the intimidation and destructive tactics used by the left and described in this book. I have watched society transform rapidly into an Alinsky-esque Dystopia where people can be destroyed if they hold the wrong views on a topic (even if those views were considered favorably by leftists 3 years earlier). It is painfully obvious that leftists bully conservatives every chance they get.

Note my use of the term "left" rather than "
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, 2018
"Walk toward the fire. Don't worry about what they call you. All those things are said against you because they want to stop you in your tracks. But if you keep going, you are sending a message to people who are rooting for you, who are agreeing with you. The message is, they can do it too."
-Andrew Breitbart, RIP

In the world of hard hitting political commentary, Ben is already a heavy-weight. How is it that this guy who is practically a kid (well, he's younger than I am) can debate just about a
Lauren Miraglia.
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Stand up for yourself and your beliefs. Never stop fighting back.
Hunter Hatch
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good content, but, as a self proclaimed “reasonable, open-minded moderate,” I find that the book is written in a condescending tone that takes away from the quality substance that Shapiro has put together.
Donald Trump (Parody)
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an intelligent young man! Really knows his fuckin' shit let me tell you. The left has been taking shots at me for years. I'm real brave for what i have to put up with. Im talkin constant abuse. They make fun of my weight and I look at myself in the mirror and don't feel so good. They say I got a sham marriage and that i kept my boy locked up in my hotel for years. Google runs all of this! Unbelievable. Benny here knows what's what, and how the lamestream media and that muslim president thos ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With typical scathing wit and clever lines, Ben Shapiro -- well-known nose-tweaking conservative political commentator -- tackles the hypocrisy of a huge group of people outspoken against bullying yet becoming, themselves, the worst bullies of all. And he makes a truly compelling case for it.

At times illuminating, at times horrifying, Shapiro is ever straight-forward and minces no words.

My only complaint is that I listened to this in audiobook form and it was NOT narrated by Shapiro himself -- h
Alex Richmond
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book.

Ben Shapiro has been a voice fighting the bullies for years, and has been one of my favorite conservative voices. Not only because he is well spoken, but because he has no tolerance for needles abuse. This book is a fast paced his journey into the bully tactics of the left.

He doesn’t make his claims lightly, he sources his claims well, and makes it a point to show the bully tactics without pause or apologizing for it.

If anything, my only issue is that he can move so fast that h
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Benjamin Shapiro was born in 1984. He entered UCLA at the age of 16 and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in June 2004 with a BA in Political Science. He graduated Harvard Law School cum laude in June 2007. Shapiro was hired by Creators Syndicate at age 17 to become the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the U.S.

His columns are printed in major newspapers and websites including

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“The race bullies win by relying on racial guilt. But collective racial guilt can only separate Americans. We are individuals, not homogenous members of racial subsets. Only when we learn to cherish the words of Martin Luther King, judging people as individuals, will we truly have the guts to stand up to the race bullies. After all, to paraphrase a man who once stood for unification rather than division, we're not black America or white America. We're the United States of America. We're brothers and sisters.

If we don't begin to recognize that simple truth -- and recognize the inherent goodness of America, and our ability to look beyond skin color and ethnic heritage -- the race bullies will continue to tear American down for their own political gain, brick by brick.”
“And the leftist bullies use that nonconstitutional phrase as a baton with which to club their opponents into submission. Jefferson’s “wall of separation between Church & State,” a phrase from his 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists, was meant not to prevent people from expressing religion in the public square but to prevent government from infringing on religious freedom.” 18 likes
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