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How identity politics failed one particular identity. Jews Don’t Count is an audiobook for people who consider themselves on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. People, possibly, like you. It is the comedian and writer David Baddiel’s contention that one type of racism has been left out of this fight. 

In his unique combination of close reasoning, polemic, personal experience and jokes, Baddiel argues that those who think of themselves as on the right side of history have often ignored the history of anti-Semitism. He outlines why and how, in a time of intensely heightened awareness of minorities, Jews don’t count as a real minority: and why they should. 

©2021 David Baddiel (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Patient, clear and persuasive - which makes it not just admirable but valuable." (Jonathan Freedland)

"Just so brilliantly argued and written, I was completely swept along." (Hadley Freeman)

"A convincing and devastating charge sheet." (Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times)

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Thought provoking and timely

This is an excellent polemic, well argued and referenced. I'm currently listening to Frank McDonough's The Hitler Years Part 1 which covers the 1930's Germany. It's horrifying how anti-Semitic views throughout the world enabled Hitler to systematically and progressively discriminate and almost totally destroy European Jewry. We must never forget that Jews do count and that the scourge of anti-Semitism must always be addressed as forcibly as all other racism.

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  • Michael E. Hankin
  • 05-03-2021

Insightful and nuanced

A concise and thoughtful exploration of the subtle anti semitism of the left, from a progressive. Eye opening in terms of the way the left can be better.
And a shockingly entertaining read.

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  • 30-04-2021

Excellent!

A very, thought provoking work that should be widely read. Excellent points are made throughout.

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  • Elliot Krane
  • 16-04-2021

A compelling but angry polemic

Well, Baddiel airs his cumulative but highly valid grievances to what is predominantly British covert antisemitism, grievances that pour out all over the pages of this short book. His points are well taken and well argued. But they will forever be lost on the English, whose antisemitism is centuries old, virulent, but more insidious these days than when Jews were expelled from Britain or put to the sword.

That antisemitism is now a characteristic of the left is an international phenomenon and a not a surprising one, justified by the left by citing the actions of Israel towards the Palestinians. But the actions of the “Zionists” are merely a cover for the endogenous baked-in British version of antisemitism, now expressible, what Progressivism previously would not countenance.

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  • Donald Harvey Marks
  • 13-04-2021

enjoyable read that speaks the hidden truth.

enjoyable read that speaks the truth. based on incisive personal observations and extrapolating back to their hidden meanings and implications.

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  • Howard Bryant
  • 21-02-2021

Outstanding summary of contemporary -isms

Brilliantly created by the author, intelligent, incisive and essential reading/ listening for anyone attempting to make sense of the current factionalism and divisiveness of social media and our times.

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  • Alex McGill
  • 20-02-2021

Throughoughly Good Listen

Honestly created and narrated with a timely response to the current societal climate. Perfectly framing the necessity to nurture equal weighting towards hate speech by way of compararitive example and personal experience. Jewish or not, this a great book for personal introspection and a commentary on current societal hypocrisy.

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  • Jorie
  • 05-02-2021

Must listen book

Do yourself a favor and listen to it - educate about your own biases and take stock

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  • Alfie Dickin
  • 06-02-2021

Important, Powerful and sadly required

David Baddiel describes crucially and effectively the prominence of antisemitism in modern culture and the severe ignorance around it. A book which needs to be put in front of as many people as possible.

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  • joanna sharff
  • 14-02-2021

Utterly fascinating

David Baddiel is a very clever soul and creates something so blindingly obvious to me when hearing it and yet, quite clearly it needs to be spelt out. There is no ego here, no self-entitlement, no high horse manner. He’s just stating some facts, some stories in a methodical, plain way. Truly brilliant.

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  • MAH
  • 06-02-2021

perfect timing

I've wanted to understand more about the subject of anti-Semitism and this book delivers a well thought out argument on why it matters.

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  • Damien H
  • 12-02-2021

important listening

David Baddiel has always been an excellent writer and orator. This book is no exception. Very much on point and a lesson to many, including me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-2021

An excellent essay on anti-Semitism

David Baddiel sets out some very thoughtful arguments on anti-Semitism and racism. Worth a listen if you really want to be progressive.

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  • Judi in Disguise...
  • 04-02-2021

Excellent

Thought provoking, good to hear his opinions on this subject. Something I have been thinking about a lot recently.

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  • Michael
  • 04-04-2021

Must read for all UK based 'progressives'

This is a really well researched and clearly written book focusing specifically on the issue of how anti-semitism is dismissed or down played by the 'progressives' in the UK.
As a white, UK-based progressive this highlighted my own past hypocrisies and blind-spots towards anti-semitism and helps me keep an eye out for such failings in future.
I have found it on a par with 'how to be anti-racist' and 'why I'm now longer talking to white people about race' for identifying and addressing my assumptions and privileges.
Because the book is tightly focused it is able to explore a lot of nuance without becoming intimidatingly long or complex.

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  • J D Davies
  • 16-02-2021

A book that should be on the curriculum

Ticks off every point I have ever felt about Jews not counting. A superb book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-02-2021

Brilliant, no, genuinely brilliant

Baddiel has forced me to think about my own shortcomings in thought. I will need to do a bit more research on the subject as I was and remain, extremely nieve on the subject.

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  • Viola
  • 14-02-2021

An essential book for today.Unfortunately.

An essential book for this day and age. Baddiel is on point and sadly one cannot argue with his assessment of our current climate. I hope this helps to open eyes to the reality of growing antisemitism.

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