The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great

The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great

by Ben Shapiro

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Overview

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,.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062857927
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 12,311
File size: 698 KB

About the Author

Ben Shapiro is editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire and host of "The Ben Shapiro Show," the top conservative podcast in the nation. A New York Times bestselling author, Shapiro is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and an Orthodox Jew, his work has been profiled in nearly every major American publication, and he has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows. He has appeared as the featured speaker at many conservative events on campuses nationwide, several of those appearances targeted by progressive and “Antifa” activists.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Pursuit of Happiness 1

Chapter 2 From the Mountaintop 19

Chapter 3 From the Dust 39

Chapter 4 Coming Together 55

Chapter 5 Endowed by Their Creators 73

Chapter 6 Killing Purpose, Killing Capacity 97

Chapter 7 The Remaking of the World 121

Chapter 8 After the Fire 159

Chapter 9 The Return to Paganism 183

Conclusion: How to Build 211

Acknowledgments 219

Notes 223

Index 243

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The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like this review if Ben Shapiro should host Meme Review again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OUTSTANDING BOOK- if you want to understand why we are the most incredible country in the world, why the current climate of hate and decent are so confusing and saddening this is the book for you- Facts pure and simple which are hard to find these days this is true, but the TRUTH can't be hidden read it guys !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous 8 months ago
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Anonymous 11 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasn't exactly what I expected, but it was great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting and insightful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
geat read
Anonymous 12 months ago
I have NEVER read a worse book than this one. The layout was horrible as was the transition from each topic to the next. I suggest you read the vastly superior book Becoming, by Michelle Obama!!
Anonymous 12 months ago
A great layman’s work exploring various prestigious philosophers that lays the groundwork to explaining Judeo-Christian values and how they influenced the West during the Enlightenment.
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