The Right Side of History - Ben Shapiro

The Right Side of History

By Ben Shapiro

  • Release Date: 2019-03-19
  • Genre: Social Science
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 56 Ratings)


America has a God-shaped hole in its heart, argues New York Times bestselling author 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.


  • Ben is a genius

    By Sephin
    Thanks for the gift..
  • Wonderful Read

    By CoePhilly
    But you don’t have to take my word for it.
  • Masterfully Done!

    By David Jonathan Ellis
    Just finished The Right Side of History. Dive into the seemingly controversial link between Judeo-Christian spiritual revelation and Greek reason and prepare to be blown away. Learn and understand importance of distinction between the individual and the collective and how focusing to much on one or the other has shaped historical societies. Read the clear and precise outline of our history, our nation’s roots, it’s triumphs and it’s flaws. And, most importantly, be motivated to learn more about the life we live in America and what makes it possible.
  • Ben at his best

    By BobtheNailer
    Thoughtful and deep as always. This should be a must read for every American citizen. Thank you for reading the audio version yourself!
  • Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings

    By :( :( dddddddddddddddddddddddd
    Ben is one of the greatest at using logic and reasoning to get his views across, and he is one of the most persuasive speakers of our generation. Plus, it’s hilarious watching him melt snowflakes. Although Ben is an amazing author, his tumbler is an inferior product to the Mug Club Mug.
  • Modern read

    By luiluiyayaya
    Ben gives you a dose of reality that is impartial to the issue at hand. Great read if you want to know why some countries rose and other fell, coming down to their value structure.
  • Excellent

    By thelovefamily
    Everyone tries to suppress quality literature which goes back to what everyday Americans want to delve in. I find Shapiro’s work to be deeply intellectual.
  • Love Ben’s Work

    By Jtyler66
    Have read a few of his books and really love them. Last one I read was Primetime Propaganda and looking forward to this one.
  • Ben is amazing

    By This app sucks1111
    Can’t wait to read this
  • He has it exactly right!

    By GuitarsAndBoots
    Ben is articulate, fact based, and leaves his intellectual opposition with nothing to stand on with well thought out and quick witted Rolodex of facts and figures including the citations and source material. Further, his approach to life is inspiring and held fast by a set of principles and values rarely seen in our world today. He uses logic and common sense to life, and peoples’ liberty in such a way that he may be the only man willing to right many wrongs our government has perpetrated on the long path strayed from what made our nation the most free society all of human history has ever seen. I have long said the United States needs another George Washington. Ben Shapiro is it.