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  • The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jonah Goldberg
    • Narrated By Jonah Goldberg
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    According to Goldberg, if the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist, the greatest trick liberals ever pulled was convincing themselves they’re not ideological. Today “objective” journalists and academics and “moderate” politicians peddle some of the most radical arguments by hiding them in homespun aphorisms.

    Christopher says: "Thought provoking and funny"
    "Surprisingly illuminating"
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    What did you love best about The Tyranny of Clichés?

    Goldberg's relentless search for truth


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although non-fiction, there are innumerable 'stories', all with great insight.


    Have you listened to any of Jonah Goldberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I can't wait for his next book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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