This book draws back the curtain to expose the many ways we forfeit thinking in favor of prepackaged clichés. Goldberg points out that many of the clichés that we routinely turn to in political discourse carry ideological weight that we do not consider. Many of the common clichés that Goldberg dissects, such as "violence never solves anything," or "I may disagree with you but I'd die to preserve your right to say it" are actually logically inconsistent and don't stand up to scrutiny.
After reading this book you'll be able to better form and express your thoughts while avoiding sloppy clichés that don't accurately reflect your true thoughts. You will also be able to spot weaknesses in the thoughts of others and notice the role that cliché plays in political discourse.
Not only is the content great, but Goldberg's delivery is funny, natural, and fun to listen to. I highly recommend this book.
It's a fun book. It provides good examples and highlights the ridiculous nature of much of today's political rhetoric.
Jonah is my favorite.
Yes, the book is quite entertaining.
I am a news and politics Junky and an aspiring history buff. I love to read, especially books that make me think.
The Tyranny Of Cliches artfully tears down many of the straight off the teleprompter no thinking necessary talking points of the institutional left. Some of my favorite chapters were one "Social Justice" and the "Living Constitution". Goldberg skillfully does something that many other talented conservative writers and talkers can't seem to get right, point out the idiocy of progressive ideas and the mediocrity of the results of said ideas without coming across hateful or screechy. The narration of the book truly canot be overstated, as a long time listener of audiobooks a bad narrator really ruins the whole thing. Since the author is reading the book the ideas with in it come as across very conversational and easy to listen to. I wholly endorse this book for both long time critical thinkers and new comers to the world of political ideologies.
Goldberg's relentless search for truth
Although non-fiction, there are innumerable 'stories', all with great insight.
No, but I can't wait for his next book.
At the very end of the book, his personal account of the struggle to write the book after his brother died, is moving and inspiring.
The author displays a breadth of knowledge, combined with intense research, that makes his analyses quite convincing. Although I was familiar with nearly all his topics, I learned a lot I did not know and was reminded of a lot I had forgotten. Leftist ideologues will hate this book, though I doubt they will get through the first chapters. But this is not simply a book written by a conservative selling his viewpoint. Instead, Jonah Goldberg proceeds from one over-simplifying, or distorting, cliche to another, dissecting them with keen insight and wit. I was relieved that this was not another conservative gospel. I listened to this book at the height of the 2012 presidential elections, and I began to wince every time I heard the candidates refer to the "middle class." You will know what I mean if you listen to or read this bood. Of the 200 books I have listened to from Audible.com, this is unsurpassed.
I love Audible books because life is so buzy I seldom have time to sit and read. However, I can Listen and do other activities and still enjoy books. The Tyranny of Cliches provides the Historical content behind the slogans and their idealogically meaning. You need to know History in order to put the present in focus.
Jonah Goldberg's reading of the book provides his inflections of humor, confidence of the historical content, and exasperation of how these cliches are so often repeated as if they have weight .
I am going to also buy the paper copy of the book so I can phyically highlight the factual information. Confuse a Liberal with facts and information. Also, This is one book I want to keep in my library for when my sons go to college in the future I can combat the gobbly gook from their peers and teachers.
I have to hear this several more times to get all that is in this book. The massive references to other works indicate how well read this author is. I heard about Jonah on Crane Durham's "Nothing but Truth." I am impressed with how Jonah connects dots and how he rewinds history to give the original sense of cliches used (and abused). It is cause to slow the track down to catch all of the information.
Most of all, he does a great job in showing how such cliches bring useful discussions to a halt, if the listener is unprepared. Way to go Mr Goldberg!!
Thanks for the respectful discussion of Christianity. Not something heard much these days.
I will need to look for more of this man's work.
The best I've heard so far. So much information and entertainment in one package can't be healthy. It's like maple bacon donuts.
Jonah bringing wit and humor to things that tend to make people yell at each other.
He has a voice that could make a wolverine purr.
The chapter about youth politics.