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End of Discussion Audiobook

End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun)

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Publisher's Summary

They want to shut you up. But don't let this be the End of Discussion.

In this fresh and provocative new audiobook, Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson, dynamic Fox News and Townhall Media duo, expose how the Left exploits fake outrage to silence their political opponents - in public, on social media, at work, and even in their own homes. End of Discussion encourages all Americans who value the open exchange of ideas to fight back against this strategic effort to make America less free, less feisty, and less fun.

Ham and Benson demonstrate just how dangerous the outrage industry - a coalition of mostly liberal blowhards and busybodies - is to democracy. This media frenzy is designed to disqualify opposing viewpoints on everything from health care to infrastructure to education by labeling them racist, sexist, and evil. They punish speech that makes them uncomfortable, demanding boycotts, firings, regulations, and other economic costs for the sin of disagreeing with them. Instead of engaging in discussion, they seek to win the debate by preventing it from happening.

And if you think this behavior is relegated to political fights or politicians, think again. A network of well-trained operatives, nonprofit groups, PR firms, universities, politicians, and "thought leaders" exists to foment outrage over your association with the "wrong" fried chicken joints, Internet browsers, breast cancer charities, pasta, children's toys, Halloween costumes, TV shows, schools, and even comedians' jokes.

With Ham and Benson's help, listeners can cut through the noise and find their voices again, fighting back against the rampant self-censorship and hair-trigger apologies that always make things worse, not better. With fresh reporting and insightful, occasionally tongue-in-cheek, analysis, End of Discussion is a timely handbook for anyone who wants to make sure debate doesn't meet an ugly death....

©2015 Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson (P)2015 Random House Audio

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    "Home run"

    Superb and even handed, not preachy or prone to inane moralizing. Recommended highly for left and right!

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    Matt Skinner West Hollywood, CA United States 07-29-15
    Matt Skinner West Hollywood, CA United States 07-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Balanced and well done!"

    Great book!!! Especially as it (as equally as possible) calls out both sides of the left-right cultural/social divide

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    Joshua Harris 06-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Get this book....end of discussion!"

    From fever swamp lefties to hard right hicks and everyone in between, this book is for (or about) you. Listen, think, & enjoy. Live and let live. Chill the hell out.

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    Shobe Jones 07-18-16
    Shobe Jones 07-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Educational and very Enlightening"

    This book really highlights the ongoing issues inside of both political parties in regards to having open discussions about anything. I'm proud to be a member of the conservative party but, I acknowledge that liberals have good points too. Too bad most liberals don't feel the same way about conservatives. Great book that both parties should read.

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    Abby T. 04-10-16
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    "This is ABRIDGED!"
    Where does End of Discussion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a good book, but it is clearly ABRIDGED!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of End of Discussion?

    I went back and listened three times because they referenced an earlier statement that I never heard. Did a bit of research and found that I didn't miss it...it was not included in the Audible version! That is supremely disappointing. I would not have purchased an abridged version. It is clearly being advertised as "unabridged" - it is not!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book, but was extremely disappointed that it was falsely advertised as "unabridged" when it clearly was missing pages and pages of text.

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    Tyler 03-18-16
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    "Pretty Darn Good"

    I am an independent, who tends to lean a little more to the left most of the time but this was a great book. Guy and Mary Katherine were fantastic, emotive narrators and, while there were a couple points I disagreed with, I found myself nodding in agreement for most of the book. Great job you two!

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    Tyler 03-09-16
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    "An excellent argument for the Conservative movement!"

    Loved every aspect of this book! First, it is totally refreshing that the authors actually read their own book for the audio version! I very much appreciate that!!! Mary Katherine and Guy provide a thoughtful discussion on the current plague of "political correctness" devouring our country and our character. With wonderful insight, and more importantly, EVIDENCE, to back up the Conservative message, while at the same time acknowledging the errors of the Republican establishment. I am very proud to have Mary Katherine and Guy on my side as such thoughtful spokespeople of the Conservative movement. This book is a MUST READ (or... a MUST LISTEN TO)! :)

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    Chris 01-20-16
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    "Very Informative! good read!"

    Great book overall! they did an excellent job in explaining the left's silencing tactics, backing their points up with facts as well as examples. They also pointed out several examples of incredible inconsistancy. While it is important to have respect for one another, it is very dangerous when one group systematically tries to silence all opinions but their own. Only critique is that I thought there was a bit much language, which I found to be unnecessary and unprofessional.

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    "I Didn't Know What was Happening to Me!!"
    What did you love best about End of Discussion?

    After reading this incredibly quick, somewhat disturbing and often funny explanation of our disappearing national dialogue, I felt like a cloud was lifted from me. I used to be so passionate about a great political debate amongst friends and family - I used to love hearing everyone's feelings and, of course, sharing mine. These past years I have just gone quiet. It hardly seemed worth it with discussions that would end up with everyone yelling at me - I would ask my husband why is Hillary Clinton always YELLING at me? I loved how End of Discussion described so clearly and intelligently what was happening to me, what is happening to our beautiful country - without yelling at me.


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

    I remember being really outspoken when Politically Incorrect was taken off the air. I hated that show - I couldn't stand Bill Maher - still can't. But while my conservative friends celebrated, I had to join my liberal friends' upset and ask is that really the way we want to be heading? Should all the conservatives be pulled too? I felt at that point in the book that I would have really liked to grab a quick cup of coffee with Mary Katherine and Guy.


    Any additional comments?

    Oh it's a Christmas gift for sure!

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    REVIEWwatcher nj 11-06-15
    REVIEWwatcher nj 11-06-15 Member Since 2015

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    "awesome book ....great to listen too"

    authors read it and content is great
    if your a news watcher and a anti pc person you will like this book

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