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Brainwashed

How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth
Narrated by: Chris Abell
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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When parents send their children off to college, Mom and Dad hope they'll return more cultivated, knowledgeable, and astute - able to see issues from all points of view. But, according to Ben Shapiro, there's only one view allowed on most college campuses: a rabid brand of liberalism that must be swallowed hook, line, and sinker.

In this explosive exposé, Ben Shapiro, a UCLA graduate, reveals how America's university system is one of the largest brainwashing machines on the planet. Examining this nationwide problem from firsthand experience, Shapiro shows how the leftists who dominate the universities - from the administration to the student government, from the professors to the student media - use their power to mold impressionable minds.

Fresh and bitterly funny, this book proves that the universities, far from being a place for open discussion, are really dungeons of the mind that indoctrinate students to become socialists, atheists, race baiters, and narcissists.

©2010 Ben Shapiro (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Reinforced what I already knew

The book regurgitates alot of left Uni Prof. content to illustrated the brainwashing point. I would have prefered more of Bens views and supporting facts opposing the left views.

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Great read, well argued, just a few too many names

Great arguments, very well sourced and founded on facts, maybe a few too many names and references. However the basic premise, that universities are full of leftist indoctrination and very biased, is well argued.

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Ben Shapiro = conservative brilliance

Love this, Ben Shapiro is a genius, well structured and engaging start to finish.
well done

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Shapiro - Zealot & Prude

When not referring to sex or religion Shapiro is on point!

However his extreme zealotry and prudish nature spoil large portions of this book.

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  • Katarina
  • 25-02-2018

From 2010, but still current

I hadn't noticed that it was only the audiobook version of this book that was released in 2017. The actual book turned out to be from 2010. Which means that the examples given are from that political period as well, naturally.

Nevertheless, Shapiro has a sharp mind and the analysis he offers is still current when it comes to the political climate on American university campuses.

Narration was well-done, the narrator tried to at least somewhat "channel his inner Shapiro". However, I'd have preferred Shapiro himself, I believe his book would have benefitted extra from the unique speed and tone that are so characteristic of the author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-2017

Definitely proves the title of this book

It covers the biases of liberal universities and the intolerance of conservative ideology. It is a fantastic book for actual free thinkers.

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  • Andrea
  • 03-07-2019

The sad state of us education

Controversial, graphic, true? Shapiro might be too much alarmist or is it? A rare opinion

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  • Brian Goldsmith
  • 24-06-2019

great !!

Been Shapiro great as always very good book loved it thanks for the information!! thanks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-2018

Disappointing

When I saw that the release date for this audiobook was 2017, I expected to expected to hear a discussion of white privilege, Antifa, and black lives matter among other topics. But this book was about John Ashcroft, George Bush, & the war in Iraq. It turns out that the book is copyright 2004, not 2017. I was misled. The audiobook was released in 2017. Before Amazon purchased Audible, I do not think Audible would have been deceptive like this. Very disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-05-2019

Great book. Highly recommended.

This book kept my attention to the time of finishing it in one sitting. Well sourced, well stated. Give this a listen.

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  • Kimberly K.
  • 17-05-2019

Does anyone actually study at college?

Enjoyable. Eye-opening. I did not experience any of this type of behavior in my college days. But then again, I was actually ....studying... Whatta concept I guess. And now, with a kid in college, one a year away, one 2 years out and one 4 years out. I am on the hunt to further empower my kids from the BS that's apparently out there. This is a good start.

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  • Robin
  • 20-11-2018

Ben's book rocked!

the only item that I would change is the narrator. Would have preferred Ben's, but then I would have finished the book in. 33 mi?

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  • J'oli
  • 18-04-2018

Should’ve just read the sample and gone about my day

Save yourself a credit and/or money, just listen to the sample. You don’t need 8 hours of listening to some dude whine about how liberals dominate universities (although it IS called “liberal arts” so...)

I agreed with the premise of the book which is why I bought the book in the first place but the author is a bit too emotional about the subject to present his argument objectively.

College students and parents alike do need to know that modern universities are institutions of liberal programming and that graduates nowadays all sound like left wing automatons parroting the same ideologues you typically see being touted by the likes of cnn and msnbc, however this book is extreme in the opposite direction with itself bordering on propaganda.

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  • David R.
  • 26-12-2017

Essential Reading before Selecting a University

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The author, Ben Shapiro, wrote this book when he was around age nineteen or twenty, really quite amazing. If you are planning to send your young skull full of mush to a university it would be a good idea for you and your kid to read this book before you choose a school — be an informed parent and consumer. There are many fine schools out there that do not go the route of liberal indoctrination, schools that instead teach the tools of critical thinking. Having these tools will give your kid an enormous advantage over those that have only the reflexive narratives of indoctrination and brainwashing.

"Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too."
~ Voltaire

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  • Zulfiqar
  • 18-12-2018

Disappointed

Being a big fan of Shapiro’s sharp logic, I was disappointed by this book. It’s just a hyperbolic rant.

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  • Pepe
  • 07-01-2019

Well documented and interesting

This book reviews opinions from professors, lectures, college campus newspapers and similar items where the opinion trends in universities can be seen. The result is that in any aspect there is a very large bias towards left and extreme left in college. From an European point of view, it is surprising to see that USA is going through the same polarization as we are. Bottom line: do not pay for instruction in a USA university!

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  • UMAGA
  • 31-08-2017

some good, some bad

Good reply to liberal bias e.g. feminism and various forms of perversion, but littered with Ben's blind support of Israel, and anti-islamic rhetoric. Careful selection of anecdotes to support his views.

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