The Right Side of History - Ben Shapiro

The Right Side of History

By Ben Shapiro

  • Release Date: 2019-03-19
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4.5
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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.

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,.


  • Lovely and Stunning

    By Tigonie
    Ben Shapiro shows us what the west has built using capitalism, reason and Judeo-Cristianity and how amazing it is, and juxtaposes it to societies that have failed because they rejected those principles. All of the people saying that he wrote this so religious people can feel good about themselves, I think that is rather missing the point. It is about the moral values and standards that Cristianity sets, and not necessarily about the religion itself. And that those principles WORK. It’s not a coincidence that the societies that based themselves on these Fundaments flourished and the ones that rejected it didn’t. I sincerely hope people will be able to look on this insightful and informed work with an objective eye and possibly have it opened. America is worth living and fighting for. The references were so good I ended up using it for my report comparing the American to the French Revolution-absolutely brilliant. Shapiro is one of the best minds we‘ve come across in this modern age and a powerful weapon. Absolutely recommend!
  • Awesome book

    By Randell cobb
    Amazing Book that I will read again
  • Great Read!

    By geebeecb
    Fascinating viewpoint on explaining the philosophies from Athens and Jerusalem that were the basis of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Also gives historical examples of societies that have rejected those ideals and how those societies have failed! Definitely recommend!
  • Great book

    By matthw boova
    I loved the book.
  • Don’t pay attention to the bad reviews

    By Saso3200
    There’s a lot people hating on the book without reading it. Yes, the book is bias Shapiro makes that very clear. However, I think he tries to be fair about it. Great read easy to read and follow. If you’re a open minded liberal that would like to see the argument on the right give it a try I think it will help you understand conservatives more.
  • Nonsense

    By The Real TIW
    The books founding thesis is only half right, that being that the logic of Ancient Greece and the faith of Judeo-Christian values worked hand in hand to basically make the west as good as it is. Ancient Greece surely had a positive influence on western civilization, they were the fathers of democracy after all, but Judeo-Christian values are almost completely incompatible with both modern western civilization and even the values of Ancient Greece. One need simply take a cursory glance at history (or even the Bible) to know this is true. This book is simply propaganda to make the religious-right feel good.
  • A eye opener

    By Juantizzil
    This book helped me to try and find purpose in life, It really helped me become aware of my tribalism and to become more open to other ideas.
  • What should be taught in every middle school in America

    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.

    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

    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.