The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great
America has a God-shaped hole in its heart, argues New York Times bestselling 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...more
In these turbulent times we are often hyper-focused on the "right now"; this book in my opinion helps us u ...more
In one point in particular, this finally made me understand the huge differences between two massive Revolutions that happened mere 3 short years apart (American and French) and why they evinced such alternative approaches within both processes and outcomes.
If you have taken ...more
With only 200 pages, Ben Shapiro summarizes the history of Western philosophy in a thrilling and exciting fashion that makes you want to keep reading. He masterfully boils down each philosopher to the root of their ideas, explains its impact in the culture at that time and how each new philosophy led into the the next step of history.
He makes a compelling case for what we have lost in culture and gives clear and concise steps for us to take action on that will move us as a so ...more
This book presents an extremely important premise. Western civilization, which is built of Greek reason and Judeo-Christian values, is one of a kind. It brought us several core beliefs which eventually led to the foundation and the success of the United States. Losing thos ...more
For those who agree with Ben Shapiro and his general world view it is a good concise overview of the the history of western thought and progress. It spells out the triumphs of the "Athens and Jerusalem" world view and how the initially slow, but then quick abandonment of this wisdom now threatens western civ ...more
The main thesis of the book is this: “There can be no individual or communal moral purpose without a foundation of divine meaning. There can be no individual capacity or communal capacity without a constant, abiding belief in the nature of our reason. The history of the West is built on the interplay between these two pillars - divine meaning and reason.”
Some who are not religious might dismiss the book entirely and argue that reason alone is sufficient for a good and happy society. To me, wheth ...more
nimble people to debate. His quick witted and thoughtful responses are interesting to watch weather you agree or not. This is the Spairo I was expecting to read. Instead I got a decent book about Judeo-Christian society and its norms. Again not what I expected.
I applaud Shapiro on his faith and the decisions he makes regar ...more
He managed to write an entire book without once arguing for his premise: that Judeo-Christian is the best, most rational, and ethical system to use for meaning and society.
He spent the entire book dismissing every other position as foolish and never said why or why his viewpoint is better. Very bizarre.
Another powerful installment from Ben Shapiro! Ignore all the 1-star reviews on Amazon, it's another example of the Left's intolerance. None of them ever read the book, they're just trashing it.
If you care about society and our culture's future (which looks very dark), read this book and educate yourself.
Shapiro is extremely thorough in the presentation and support of his argument, which in short is that ...more
What I Didn’t Like: While Shapiro presents a truthful narrative of Western history, in his effort to present the necessity of Greek reason and Judeo-Christian religion, he fails to acknowledge some of the negative consequences of those ideas, particularly as they were manifested in the M ...more
As a six hour audio book it’s brief, and as such I sometimes yearned for a deeper dive into ...more
What a breadth of readings inspired this book. I am not surprised after hearing his podcasts. This is beyond a defence of the judeo Christian and Greek traditions. It shows how history illuminates false philosophies past and present. This fertile marriage is being attacked falsely not with reason but a new kind of bullying by discarding even mere words of reasoned contrarian arguments.
While pursuing Happiness, we must reexamine what we believe.
Great Historic references that encourage ownership. Moral Purpose.
Clear Meaning, "Use of reason bound by higher purpose." Virtues.
Proven resources, the foundations, the Bible and Science. Ethics.
This book should become required reading in High School and College.
Virtuous Citizen Leaders must be informed, involved and brave.
A new beginning.
Generate a Moral Purpose. The ...more
His columns are printed in major newspapers and websites including ...more