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The West’s commitment to freedom, reason, and true liberalism have become endangered by a series of viral forces in our society today. Renowned host of the popular YouTube show, The Saad Truth, Dr. Gad Saad exposes how an epidemic of idea pathogens are spreading like a virus and killing common sense in the West. 

Serving as a powerful follow-up to Jordan Peterson’s book 12 Rules for Life, Dr. Saad unpacks what is really happening in progressive safe zones, why we need to be paying more attention to these trends, and what we must do to stop the spread of dangerous thinking. 

A professor at Concordia University who has witnessed this troubling epidemic first-hand, Dr. Saad dissects a multitude of these concerning forces (corrupt thought patterns, belief systems, attitudes, etc.) that have given rise to a stifling political correctness in our society and how these have created serious consequences that must be remedied - before it’s too late. 

©2020 Gad Saad (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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A refreshing and honest perspective on why is wrong in the West

This should be required reading by anyone who is about to start University, so they can recognise the nonsense before professors lobotomise them.

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The Gad Father delivers

A must have book for keeping a focused and objective mind in these crazy times.

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an auto biography

the book is all about the authors feelings and his life history, boring. I enjoyed him on joe rogan, just listen on there,don't bother with this book

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  • 21-11-2020

Great book! Needs to be narrated by author though

Absolutely fantastic book! However, narration was poor. When preordering Gad Saad was advertised as narrator.

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Unconvincing

Good book with very relevant information, strongly argued, putting to words hard to explain frustrations. I feel Gad talks of his Twitter battles in a petty, gloating way and although I am in agreement can't help but feel this book will not help in converting anyone who is apart of the problems discussed. Too many references to Joe Rogan and Jordan Peterson, Gad is respected in his own right with his own ideas to not need to name drop these guys. Lastly why didn't he narrate this himself!? The narrater has no conviction to the arguments and the passion of the words is somewhat lost

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Brilliant

This is a very timely and needed book for our time, good to know there are still people out there who can see the lies.

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it's another Gad takedown!

Gad has an awesome sense of humour and invokes courage in people willing to pursue truth

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A masterpiece by the Gadfather!

Respect .... so well articulated; so much truth I had difficulty just listening to it! Thank you for pushing the reset button on my life.

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Terrific antidote to bad ideas

This is a well reasoned and funny book which seeks to explain how our minds can become 'infected' with bad ideas and what we can do about it. Professor Saad has a wonderful sense of humour and a finely tuned moral compass. Highly recommended.

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  • Ken
  • 03-11-2020

Should have 6 stars

Such a great book. Gad Saad manages to explain a genuinely troubling and mind frying ideology with both courage and humour. At times it's laugh out loud funny, which really helps you get through some of the madness that is unveiled. I sure hope that people listen to Mr Saad and start to take a stand for reason.

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  • Anthony Keown
  • 19-10-2020

Great Book, Poor Narration, PDF Not Attached

Dr. Saad’s book provided a deep dive into the current thought processes that have taken hold of many people in our society. Resilience, independence, and being proactive during these times is encouraged in The Parasitic Mind. Great content in this book, but the narration didn’t match the material. Jim Meskimen sounded like a robot or the male Siri while reading this book. Having Dr. Saad narrate would be a huge upgrade for this Audible book. The mentioned PDF in this book was not sent or attached to this book.

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  • Jamshed
  • 07-10-2020

Amusing yet terrifying book

You will smile at various phrases that the author has invented but after a while you will realize how deep his thoughts are. What distinguishes this book from others on the fall of Western Civilization is the accurate and wholesome diagnosis of the problem, choice of clear words and the broadness of the solutions offered. This book must be part of college curriculum and beyond.

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  • chris boutte
  • 11-10-2020

Some pros and some cons

I heard about this book a couple months ago, and it sounded interesting since I love reading about the irrationality of people. Previously, I never heard of Gad Saad, so I followed him on Twitter and checked out his YouTube channel. Within about a week, I unfollowed him. I'm 100% for debating and the sharing of ideas, but like many of the current SJW-bashing "intellectuals", they seem more interested in arguing than having a debate. Nevertheless, I still purchased the book on release day.  This book definitely falls into the category of books I'm reading of people I disagree with, but not by much. If I had to break it down into percentages, I'd say I disagree with about 60% of what Gad Saad has to say, but I agree with 40%. But when it comes to his overall argument that we should be able to have logical, rational discussions without people becoming outraged, I 100% disagree.  While Gad Saad uses quite a bit of research to back his arguments, it's only on specific subjects. For people like Gad Saad, Sam Harris, Dave Rubin, and others, I feel there are some low-hanging fruit subjects that they love capitalizing on. When it comes to implicit biases, they avoid discussing the research because they either A) know the research isn't on their side or B) are afraid of what the research shows. Rather than looking at the research of people like Dr. Jennifer Eberdhardt, they try to simplify the message of the book White Fragility. Personally, I'd love to see someone like Gad Saad go head-to-head with Dr. Eberdhardt or Keith Payne to discuss biases and inequality. Lastly, I gave this book a 3-star rating because there's a group of these authors that don't really present anything new in their books, but they know they'll make money off of the echo chamber they've built, so they figure "why not?".

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  • Noah Urbina
  • 07-11-2020

Please allow the author to read their book

That was an abomination of Saad’s thoughts and words. Hiring a voice to pretend to care absolutely destroys the poignancy of his work. The amount of mispronounced, underwhelming, and incorrectly emphasized language detracts from the intention of this book. Saad himself is fun, witty, sarcastic, and extremely intelligent in his analysis, and your voice actor pales in comparison to the author. The $ you save by hiring a vocal ‘professional’ is lost immediately as the audiobook has no ‘sticking power’ when reduced this way. I love the content, I despise the delivery.

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  • T. B. Donovan
  • 10-10-2020

Life changing book!

Gad Saad is a witty, brilliant scientist and teacher. He is also widely known for his magnifent looks! This book is terrific. Gad discusses complex ideas in an easy going way that is understandible to the great unwashed

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  • DanthaMan
  • 16-10-2020

AMAZING

Do you question everything you have seen in 2020. Well read this book and become Woke....The Real Woke not that nonsense that is being peddled on mainstream or legacy media. The Gadfather brilliantly explains all the bs we have been subjected to and more importantly what our kids have been subjected to. Thank you Gad for fighting the good fight. Everyone time to must up courage and grab your intellectual spear and defend yourselves. Enjoy

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  • Libor Novotny
  • 07-10-2020

the most important book of our time

I can not stop listening to this book. it is antivirus to the crazyness everywhere

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-2020

excellent read

Gad wrote a really good book. Gets right at the heart of the matter strait away. Never boring, and at times makes you laugh.

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  • Brian D. Chapin
  • 27-10-2020

A timely book

Engaging, intellectually honest, and enjoyable. I only wish we could have had it read by Professor Saad himself!

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  • Wilton D. Alston
  • 23-10-2020

Activate Your Inner Honey Badger!

Have been familiar with and a fan of Dr. Saad for a while, but this magnum opus exceeded even my high expectations. He manages to walk the necessary line between presenting intellectual ideas with necessary academic rigor, while speaking plainly. No easy feat. As well, he maintains his trademark rapier satire whenever possible. The book is both informative and inspiring! Quite frankly, five stars seems a little short! #BeAHoneyBadger

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-10-2020

A challenge to bad ideas and downright lies.

Thank you. I needed this! a great dissection of the many issues that are prevalent Western society today. if you are concerned by the direction of travel towards a world where difference of opinion is no longer tolerated and "everyone who disagrees with me is a nazi" then you will get a lot from this book. Excellent listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-2020

Essential reading.

The most important book this year. It takes all the bad ideas and gives you the means to tackle them. Gad's personality shines through keeping the content lively, thought provoking, engaging, challenging and entertaining throughout.

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  • Ken Bryant
  • 13-10-2020

I liked Gad Saad before reading this book, now I

like him even more. Quite possibly, this is one of the most entertaining yet insightful books I have read in years. It's assessment of western downfall and rise of wokedom is very sophisticated and on-point. 10/10.

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  • callummac65
  • 07-10-2020

no pdf

told in intro there was an accompanying pdf. alas it dose not show in library or on app for either windows or apple iphone. this is confusing and is reason for 3 stars only

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  • Mother Ship Adrift Family Travel and Sailing Blogs
  • 30-10-2020

An essential book for modern times

I am (to my shame) one of those cowards (from the U.K.) who watches from the sidelines as the pillars of reason fall at the hands of SJWs on social media. I wish I had the time and energy of Dr Saad to fight the good fight, and I don’t mean that dismissively. If I was to add a ‘but’ it would be this.. I home educate my kids, we travel (a lot) and openly discuss wokeness, virtue signalling, and victimhood mentality, so when they go into the world they will at least have the emotional fortitude to deal with whatever these crazy times bequeathes to future generations. Keep up the good work Dr Saad, you are definitely added to my Christmas card list after this excellent book ;)

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  • hnbrgo
  • 20-10-2020

Honest, Direct, Inescapable, Necessary

Loved it. Gad Saad is talking straight like few others. A much needed antidose to the pseudobabble of the day.

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  • Roadkill6687
  • 25-11-2020

The Gadfather said it!

Finally some light at the end of the tunnel. This is a book that everyone should read and understand, truth above all else!

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  • Yelena Shliomenzon
  • 21-11-2020

A thought provoking must read

If you are puzzled by an avalanche of current social illogical developments and what to get to the bottom line of it - this book is for you to read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-11-2020

Funny and provoking.

Great read/listen, performed brilliantly by Mr Meskimen. If like me you're fed up of the PC bullshit, please take time to read this.

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  • Donovan
  • 13-11-2020

Essential reading

A necessary inoculation against the anti-scientific and sanctimonious identity politics, religious zealotry, virtue signalling and obsequious progressivism of the ‘woke’ generation. While I don’t agree with every point the author makes, he makes some excellent points about the encroachments on freedom of speech and being able to consider alternative viewpoints and engage ones critical thinking is more important than ever in today’s world.

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