The Right Side of History By Ben Shapiro

The Right Side of History

By Ben Shapiro

  • Release Date: 2019-03-19
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4.5
From 138 Ratings

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America has a God-shaped hole in its heart, argues 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.

He came to argue that Western Civilization is in the midst of a crisis of purpose and ideas. 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 spiritual purpose. Jerusalem and Athens were the foundations of the Magna Carta and the Treaty of Westphalia; they were the foundations of Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail.

Civilizations that rejected Jerusalem and Athens have collapsed into dust. The USSR rejected Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, substituting a new utopian vision of “social justice” – and they starved and slaughtered tens of millions of human beings. The Nazis rejected Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, and they shoved children into gas chambers. Venezuela rejects Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, and citizens of their oil-rich nation have been reduced to eating dogs. 

We are in the process of abandoning Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, favoring instead moral subjectivism and the rule of passion. And we are watching our civilization collapse into age-old tribalism, individualistic hedonism, and moral subjectivism. We believe we can reject Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law and satisfy ourselves with intersectionality, or scientific materialism, or progressive politics, or authoritarian governance, or nationalistic solidarity.

We can’t.

The West is special, and in The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro bravely explains that it’s because too many of us have lost sight of the moral purpose that drives us each to be better, or the sacred duty to work together for the greater good, or both. A stark warning, and a call to spiritual arms, this book may be the first step in getting our civilization back on track.


  • Ugh

    By Caddy Adam
    I read it thinking he might say something he hasn’t before 🙏🏼 I was wrong ❌ Yet again 😭 Still was an ok short read but not one I’ll read again 💯 Oh yeah ... His wife is a Doctor 🥴
  • Very much needed read

    By iona97
    I loved this book it will help strengthen us we need to remember what makes western civilization so great and have more gratitude and see how far we have come and because of those who have come before us we live in such a great time.
  • Yah

    By Flyback123
  • No

    By rdude71
  • Great Book! Insightful!

    By icyslayergirl
    Yah. Yes.
  • Ugh

    By Marymo70
    Don't bother.
  • Amazing Read

    By Ramen_Noodle_Supreme
    Great points, gives a nice perspective on modern western civilization.
  • Great book, screw Apple bias

    By henryyy.p
    This is a great book, but why is the “most helpful” review two words long? Screw Apple bias.
  • Exceptional Read

    By BlkWolf12
    What an awesome book and an important book to our society!
  • Good Western Civ review but little analysis

    By VespersUSA
    This book is a worthwhile read, but it wasn’t what I expected from Ben Shapiro. His thesis is sound but the majority of this book is a summary of the major philosophers of Western Civ. The book ends with some analysis of the current civilization, but I expected a deeper level of observation.