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Don't Burn This Book

Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason
Narrated by: Dave Rubin
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From host of The Rubin Report, the most-watched talk show about free speech and big ideas on YouTube right now, a road map for free thinking in an increasingly censored world.

The left is no longer liberal.

Once on the side of free speech and tolerance, progressives now ban speakers from college campuses, 'cancel' people who aren't up to date on the latest genders and force religious people to violate their conscience. They have abandoned the battle of ideas and have begun fighting a battle of feelings. This uncomfortable truth has turned moderates and true liberals into the politically homeless class.

Dave Rubin launched his political talk show The Rubin Report in 2015 as a meeting ground for free thinkers who realise that partisan politics is a dead end. He hosts people he both agrees and disagrees with - including those who have been dismissed, deplatformed and despised - taking on the most controversial issues of our day. As a result, he's become a voice of reason in a time of madness.

Now, Rubin gives you the tools you need to think for yourself in an age when tribal outrage is the only available alternative. Based on his own story as well as his experiences from the front lines of the free speech wars, this audiobook will empower you to make up your own mind about what you believe on any issue and teach you the fine art of:

  • Checking your facts, not your privilege: when it comes to today's most pervasive myths, from the wage gap to hate crimes.
  • Standing up to the mob: against today's absurd PC culture, when differences of opinion can bring relationships, professional or personal, to a sudden end.
  • Defending classically liberal principles: such as individual rights and limited government, because freedom is impossible without them.

The progressive woke machine is waging war against the last free thinkers in the world. Don't Burn This Book is the definitive account of our current political upheaval and your guide to surviving it.

©2020 Dave Rubin (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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"Topical, engaging, personable, and above all, reassuring." (Dr Jordan B. Peterson)

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great book political impartiality and objectivity

I really enjoyed this book. Being a conservative Christian I couldn't but be enlightened about the tools provided and encouragement that Dave gives about making up your own mind; not only about politics, but your life in general. It's a scary book because it means not only do you need to make up your own mind about issues; but that you now need to take risks and share them. More often than not, those risks are probably the ones you've been avoiding for days, months, years; or for that matter your life. I had a convicting moment while reading this book. Bottom line for me about this book is; thanks Dave but now I gotta do this stuff, cheers mate *stone face wry smile*. btw Dave's narration is full of wise cracks ... Conservative, Democrat or Green... do it ... download it because Dave makes this a hoot to listen to.

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Be Brave.

Dave tells us in simple language, how to be our best self. Do and say what you know is right. Live how you want, not how you should. Formulate your own life guide and live among people who will respect you for who you are and what you believe. Be the best version of you. Thank you Dave, I thoroughly enjoyed this book

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Honest and thought through.

Dave was a comedian, not a public intellectual. In these days, being intellectually honest is all you need to be a voice of reason that can help people throughout the world see some reason in this chaos and dishonesty. He may not be Jordan or Sam, but he shares the lessons he's learnt humbly, honestly, and with a goal to get people to think clearly, with minimal bias (have to say minimal) A good starting point into the Web and give an understanding to anyone not already ensconced in this era of wtf. Bravo sir, stand up straight with your shoulders back.

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Wonderful book

Really enjoyed the book. It exceeded my expectations. Thank you David for all your amazing work.

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A good listen

The content is relevant in these interesting times. Presented with witt and sense of humour.

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brilliant book!

I don't agree with Dave on many topics but I love the way he is open to rational discussion and prepared to be proven wrong. This makes this book refreshing to listen to and eye opening to what is possible when you have the constant goal of self improvement.

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Engaging storyteller with a solid message

Having wondered how to explain what’s happening in the world at the moment and why I feel like I’ve had a paradigm shift that can be explained... well, this book explained it all for me in a simple summary of what has changed for me in my life. As a person who was libertarian before I even knew that was a thing, this book gives me some sense of my life back.

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It is a good book, perhaps a bit too middlclassy

First impression is that it is very cohesive and compelling storytelling, although stopping and thinking about the elements of this story reveals few weak spots, perhaps deserving a full essay on the troubles with a middle class worldview.

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Fantastic read

Great job Dave, I think most will get a lot from this all across the world.

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  • Pedro Cuevas
  • 05-05-2020

Pass on this one

From the self importance of the title, to the werid historical iinacuracies, this book is unintentionally hilarous, Im sad i had to use a credit on this one.

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  • Kevin Ring
  • 29-04-2020

Good book for burgeoning free thinkers

Dave Rubin's new book focuses on his journey from a progressive activist, detailing his departure from that idealism and his embracing of classical liberalism. He outlines the fundamental differences between the two and makes a great intro guide for those.. like me... who have come to the painful but brave realisation that the modern left, is no longer liberal.

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  • phill hetherington
  • 29-04-2020

The moronic blithering of the IDW's dumbest member

rubin puts on full display his compete lack of understanding and total corruption. bad *

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-2020

Somewhat simplistic, but a great, useful read.

While this book doesn't exactly tread the newest of ground, it does act as an excellent summary for people who are new to the topics Rubin discusses. His writing is very amusing, fun to listen and surprisingly "feel good", but as a result, is fairly simplistic and is clearly not on the level of Peterson or many other people he has interviewed. That being said, not everyone has a masters degree (this is hyperbole), so simpler books are not necessarily a bad thing. I really loved the book, I am so glad I listened to it and I hope it is successful. Also to all the people giving this one star reviews because he said Hitler was a lefty.....I hope you find something that makes you happier than unjustly and pointlessly ragging on a book for one simple thing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-04-2020

Definitely don't burn this book

For anyone who has struggled to express an unpopular opinion for fear of being chastised and ridiculed, Dave Rubin's book is certainly a good starting point. It provides a look into the current & polarised climate of US politics, as well as the broader culture in danger of being hijacked by the 'regressive left'. Ultimately it is a positive book, narrated by Rubin himself, explaining the importance of free speech and becoming better in a period of a bravery deficit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-2020

A beautiful book.

Cannot say enough to praise this book. A rational guide to modern life interjected with personal stories that will cause you to think about your own situation. Narrated by Dave himself which adds enormous feeling to the words. p.s. I've never left a review for a book before, but this time I had to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-2020

Refreshing

Really refreshing in these times and fantastically narrated by the man himself. It’s an essential read in 2020.

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  • thesearchers1
  • 10-05-2020

Rubin with no logic and no facts to speak of

Rubin is a man who never developed beyond someone whose views on important issues boil down to “arent feminists dumb you guyzz” “socialism dumb” “right good left bad” “trump emperor for life!” “Something something Venezuela” “America is the greatest ever” “I’m a gay guy so its okay if you call me a slur” and “ill let my male conservatives fuck me over (in a motel room with drugs for money) while they strip my rights always and call my life a sin despite claiming to be my friends”

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  • Adam Beard
  • 04-05-2020

Worth a listen

An interesting political, philosophical, and emotional journey to self awareness. An interesting read for anyone disillusioned with the social media world and tired of the political life. My only complaint is that it's a bit short and I wish it was a little longer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-2020

Lezen!

Makkelijk te lezen voor iedereen. Zeker in Nederland is er nog een wereld te winnen. Of je nu links of rechts denkt te zijn, lees dit boek en sta meer open!

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  • Jared
  • 19-08-2020

Lacking real insight

This book is worth a listen if you're a Dave Rubin fan and are interested in him as a person but as a book trying to make a case against the social justice movement it's unlikely to convince anyone to change their minds. The trouble is not so much that his arguments are wrong but more that he gives his opponents more than enough ammunition to rip his case apart. He has a tendency to cherry pick his facts, makes bold assertions without really backing them up and resorts to well poisoning and ad hominems to try and make his points. It made for quite frustrating reading at times. Not bad for a first attempt I suppose but if you're looking for well reasoned arguments and facts to help you in a debate against an overly woke friend or relative there are much better books out there.

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