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Don't Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,610 ratings  ·  488 reviews
The Progressive Woke Machine--from outrage mobs and online censorship to activists masquerading as journalists--is waging war against the last free thinkers in the world. This book is both an explanation of the current political upheaval and your guide to surviving it.

America, and the West in general, is in the midst of an identity crisis that's headed towards an outright
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Sentinel
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Matt Jameson Because Rubin went from "I'll be the first to hold Trump's feet to the fire" to giving Trump foot massages the second right-wing money started pouring…moreBecause Rubin went from "I'll be the first to hold Trump's feet to the fire" to giving Trump foot massages the second right-wing money started pouring in. He's the most obvious, clumsiest opportunist in a space full of them.(less)
Jesus Sa. The book is so bad, you would think there was no ghostwriter, but given the level of laziness we always see in Dave, I still think there was a ghostwr…moreThe book is so bad, you would think there was no ghostwriter, but given the level of laziness we always see in Dave, I still think there was a ghostwriter, but of course, Dave was unable to detect the obvious bad job by his ghostwriter. Don't forget Dave's husband has been researching and writing all the materials for the show for years, and Dave is just a front guy.(less)

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Aug 04, 2019 rated it did not like it

i can't wait for my brain to go in recovery mode after taking so many high-level ideas from reading this book.

edit: i read rubin's book and i'm unsure how many stars i should give it. it deserves one for sure, but i don't want to dissuade people from reading it and finding out how stupid rubin really is.

here are my favourite high-level ideas i found in his book:

- dave rubin blaming himself for 9/11. apparently, he was the culprit for coming out of the closet (which succinctly shows how narcissis

Thomas J
Apr 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
My favorite part was when he claims Hitler was a leftist because he liked art and was a vegetarian. Some very high level ideas there.
Aleksandar Ivanov
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lot of hysterical people in here giving 1-star reviews to a book for entirely ideological and dogmatically-driven reasons.

I am not surprised, just pointing it out.

P.S. if anyone's still wondering about Dave, I would like you to know that - David Joshua Rubin, a GAY JEW is not a "far-right", sexist, homophobic, transphobic, racist Nazi White Supremacists.

P.p.S. The only way Dave is right, is as in correct/accurate/precise.
Liam Semple
May 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
I noticed the Goodreads review section is full of one-star reviews from people who haven’t actually read Don't Burn This Book, so let me confirm that I did download the audiobook and I did listen to it from start to finish. This meant I missed the myriad typos and misspellings others have cited, freeing me to focus my attention on Dave’s high-level ideas. Having done so, I can confirm that the widely-floating phrase, ‘indistinguishable from parody’ is an accurate description of what an embarrass ...more
Craig Cooper
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can assure you, the negative reviews this book is receiving are completely and utterly undeserved.

In the early chapters, Dave Rubin delineates a story of his coming-out as a gay man in a way that is actually quite hilarious. I realise that for him it was a difficult time, but he cracks jokes about the whole thing. This is good because it smacks of a man who has dealt with his pain and moved forward, which is precisely the theme of the entire book. And he somehow manages to do it while inserti
Apr 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
I want it to be satire but sadly it’s not, even though it reads like it. From making the completely debunked claim that Hitler was a left-wing socialist to complaining about the tiny (albeit very vocal) minority of the American left as if they actually exist in any meaningful numbers outside of Twitter, this book borders on radicalizing propaganda.

In a nutshell, it’s the victim complex in book form. Written by a grifter who made a complete political 180 after getting his show funded by the Koch
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s funny to read the negative reviews of this book. It reminds me of the reviews for Triggered by Don Jr. Just a bunch of “woke” social justice warriors so blinded by their “cause” which is really just a regurgitation of the disgusting political narrative of the crazy left wing mainstream media and not an original thought of their own. Which just proves they haven’t even read this book because the entire point of this book is to encourage a person to be their own thinker. To embrace your OWN i ...more
Cameron Rogers
Apr 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
The guy manages to cram every single right-wing culture warrior trope into ~250 pages (Hitler was actually left-wing because he was a vegetarian, the left hates free speech etc...). At least similar hucksters, like Dinesh D'Souza, pick one topic and explore that for 250 pages. None of Rubin's points are fleshed out and they read like a laundry list of whiny grievances. ...more
Anwesh Satpathy
Apr 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
The thing about this book is that it ends as abruptly as it starts. I rarely give debut books one star because I understand the hard work that goes into writing a book, even a bad book. Well, everybody's pretty bad when they start, right? Yeah. But we are talking about an established talk show host here. Rubin's writing is irritating, immature and annoying, to say the least. Here's the thing:- I am not a conservative but I have read plenty of conservatives, including Peterson and Ben Shapiro. Th ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
I’m starting with 1 star. If he has 100 high level ideas I’ll bump him up to 2. I’m thinking this is a very important book so if it’s burned I’ll give him 1 more.
Jonathan Leack
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book advocates for critical thought at a time when groupthink has become the status quo. There's a lot to like about this book, particularly the perspective of Dave Rubin who demonstrates a growing diversity of thought and background in a segment of society where many try to argue there is none. Most importantly, this is a book that discusses a rise in totalitarianism in America that has gone unchecked by mainstream media. The masses are waking up, and this book is one shining example of a ...more
Muaad Alomari
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This book perfectly encapsulates why Dave Rubin is a fraud. This book literally reads like a parody. The book is uninteresting, and not well-written at all.

Definitely skip.
Jim Brown
Consider just this one paragraph taken from this book:

“…losing a debate isn’t a sign of stupidity or weakness, but a sign of growth if you’re willing to embrace it with humility.”

It was when I read that one sentence I realized that this book was indeed very special, at least to me .It is a book that as you read it, you find yourself putting the book down, taking a sip of your coffee, sitting back in your chair and not just think about what you have read, you truly think about what you have just
May 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
If you've been out of the loop with regards to the culture war, honestly this is a pretty good place to start. All your favorites are here, from IDW all-stars like Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson to lesser-known peddlers of discontent like James Damore and the Covington Catholic school boys. Each character, story, and idea receives a perfunctory analysis, decorated with a few platitudes (the left has are the real racists; facts don't care about your feelings; the woke mob is coming for anyone who ...more
Dominic Ambrozini
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
You will read reviews on this book saying it's good or bad, sadly most are written from a political standpoint. This book isn't based on a political spectrum.
What skews many people's review is Dave used to be an extreme liberal, still is a traditional liberal but he mentions how the democrat party is no longer progressive. He gives a funny and thought provoking view on it.
I'm a democrat. I was recommended this book by a friend, read it and loved it. I'm still a democrat but would've enjoyed it
Christian Orton
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Part memoir, part self-help, part political commentary, this book is one that should be passed around to help others understand on a broad, light scale what is going on right now in the world.

Don't let the 1-star reviews scare you off. They exist to actually prove Dave's point that we have become tribalistic again, seeking only to defend our political groups and causes rather than actually listening to (and God forbid learning FROM) others around us who don't always share the same views as we d
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
My dad was a "southern democrat" (thank you Alabama [the singing group rather than the state here]). He could probably have been called a "Yellow Dog Democrat" (look it up if you never heard of it, it'll be good for you. As my teachers used to say if you look it up you'll remember it. And I didn't have the internet). The point in my mentioning my dad is that he would no more recognize today's "democrats" as Democrats than the other animals could tell the pigs apart from the humans by the end of ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: politics, dnf
I can only assume the people who categorized this book as 'Philosophy' did so ironically.

"... Ukraine [...] gave up its nukes to become a NATO country [...], but when Russia invaded Crimea, Ukraine got zero support. The country gave up its most potent weapons for a signed bit of paper, which meant absolutely nothing."

Ukraine is not and never has been a member of NATO, and this is but one example of several basic, widely available facts Rubin got wrong. Yes, this is the quality you can e
Brian Story
Apr 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Propaganda, pure and simple. Don’t burn the book, but it will turn your brain to mush.
Bob Jack
Apr 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
The dial of ideas has certainly turned to the hot position.

One star.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
No mention of Sam Seder. Sad!
James Walsh
Apr 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
The dial of ideas is quickly being turned to the hot position
Oli Kiddle
Apr 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Having read the hyperbolic blurb, one would think that the book would present genuine tools for critical thinking. In reality, however, the book is little more than a pamphlet of bog-standard platitudes, dripping with an odd sense of deluded grandeur and bitterness. Rubin himself states at the beginning that ‘you don't need me to go for 250 pages about how the left has completely lost his mind….You already know this'. At this point you know the book will be a 'reassuring' read for some as Jordan ...more
Tim Moran
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book had some fantastic ideas and was presented in an entertaining manner. Ignore all the 1 star reviews... clearly bombing the ratings on purpose due to political reasons.
Jonathan Bascom
Apr 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
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James Tullos
May 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bad-propaganda
I didn't read this, but Dave keeps telling his followers to flood the airwaves with positive reviews so I feel obligated to counteract that. ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Please, I beg of you, if you want to think freely or you consider yourself to be apolitical, this book is not for you. You want to seriously learn more about politics and be more of a "free thinker"? I suggest going to Khan Academy and taking their courses in economics and finance. They have a section under their MCAT course, with things on behavior, sociology, culture, and inequality. In their partner courses, they have a great mini-course on philosophy as well. A little bit of course work (ba ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
I like ideas. This book contains high level ideas. An idea I like is when he said a person in one of his audiences admitted to being a Nazi, but she was also transgender. This is cutting edge. Ideas.
Jesus Sa.
May 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
The writing style is horrible with very simplistic sentences and words of a middle-school student. The book has no analysis or storytelling. It conveys NOTHING! The author repeats all his boring talking points: points he repeats every week on his show. The book is so bad, you would think there was no ghostwriter, but given the level of laziness we always see in Dave, I still think there was a ghostwriter, but of course, Dave was unable to detect the obvious bad job by his ghostwriter. Don't forg ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Just one of the awesome quotes from this book: "This aside, much of our foreign military intervention has been good - just look at Korea, Vietnam, and both World Wars, where our contribution secured much-needed freedoms."

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