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“Political correctness” has taken politeness and turned it into a weapon of censorship and intimidation. In the workplace, on social media, and even at the dinner table, Americans are confronted daily with a laundry list of words they’re “not allowed” to say - and that list is updated constantly and without warning.

How did so absurd a concept become so dangerous - and come to dominate our public discourse over the last quarter-century?

In Speechless, number one nationally best-selling author and political commentator Michael Knowles masterfully traces the history and effects of political correctness from the early 20th century to the present, revealing its insidious roots, exposing the power-hungry language architects behind its ever-growing control, and examining what this concerted manipulation of speech means for the future of American culture, politics, and minds.

©2021 by Michael Knowles (P)2021 by Blackstone Publishing

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Mr. Knowles definitely had a lot to say. Speechless gives a lot of material to consider in what is being done to change the United States. There are people using techniques akin to bullying to silence all opposition. Mr. Knowles highlights in depth some of these techniques that pertain to the written and spoken language. Very entertaining but also very real. Definitely worth a second read or listen as there is a lot for us to be aware about this time of history. Change is coming and not necessarily for the good of future generations.

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well worth the read, listen!

loved it! speech the invisible hand that s trying to control, I especially enjoyed all the references, of past and present. Great read.😁👍

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Very informative and not at all dry…

The only thing dry about Michael Knowles’ book is his sense of humor. His painstaking historical research that backs his arguments make this read beyond compelling.

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Speechless

Speechless gives a insightful perspective of political correctness. It dives into the history of PC and gives a precise thread from that history to the PC that pervades our culture currently. Speechless provides readers who do not listen to Michael Knowles’ podcast a clear debrief of his political framework; it also gives avid listeners of his show a deeper understanding of the snippets and one-liners that are a staple to the podcast. Speechless is a well-written and well-researched book that is sure to leave audiences of all political persuasions……

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Sweet relaxing, monotone voice….and I’m asleep.

Dude….I love knowles and listen to his podcast daily but this book is rough. It’s sooo much history and packed with details it gets boring really quick. Sorry man, I love you but I couldn’t make it through the book without finding myself thinking about other things (grocery list, I need gas for my truck, I need to mow the lawn, I wonder if the sprinkler is still on?) while your voice droned on in the background without me even realizing it. I gave you 3 and 4 stars because you rock but damn bro….it hurt.

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eye opening

This book may be one of the most eloquently written books I've listened to in a long time. I would strongly recommend this book to others.

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opinion book full of claims without evidence

This is an opinion book with very biased and non-evidenced based claims that are presented a the result of serious research. The author should disclose political views from the start rather than selling his opinion as fact based evidence since the evidence goes lacking quiet fast.
The books has a strong start and makes interesting point with claims supported by at least some evidence. but the more the author develops his theory the more he slips into an anti-liberal trade. I continued listening to give him the benefit of the doubt that he wrote a documented essay and not merely an opinion piece with flawed logic and no evidence to support claims. However, the author quickly changes from an essay to baseless political insults and logical shortcuts to being down those he opposing his views. At stop listen in chapter 3, at which point all serious supporting evidence is gone and only the insults are left.

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Fantastic

Really exposes the left and their tactics. Very good for understanding their ways to silence opposition

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Very Informative

Well written and extremely informative. I will definitely be listening to this title again in the future

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Must Read of 2021!

Just a well researched well delivered argument against political correctness and the iconoclasts hell bent on its implementation. Every conservative needs to read this book in order to effectively combat the new radical left. They are attempting to control the language convince conservatives not to care about it and then completely dominate our political lives. Well done by the execrable Michael Knowles.

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  • 06-28-21

a great and nowadays a must-read book

Thank you for your well-written book. Plenty of relevant quotations and points well made. Thanks.

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  • David
  • 09-22-21

In the culture war language is the greatest weapon

No matter on which side of the aisle you find yourself politically, it's undeniable how powerful the manipulation and reappropriation of language is in purveying a particular narrative or idea in the ongoing culture/identity wars. Knowles explores the origins of polictal correctness and 'woke' ideology as well as imploring people to recognise and stand up against the insidious subversion of our language and culture. A must read for anyone looking to understand the social/political struggle we find ourselves in.

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  • Bluefork
  • 07-28-21

This book left me "Speechless"

A compellingly look into cultural change over the years, it's well written but scary. 1984 here in reality you may not know but you are living it right now, what with carefully manipulation of the truth and lies by mainstream media and bad actors to what feels like burning down the very fabric of society. This book is what feels like a last chance wake up call.
I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-21

waste of time and money.

this writer just lacks any compassion or understanding for his fellow human beings
I really tried to get through this book but couldn't get past 2 hours of his far right political rants
don't waste your time and money

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  • N. Stafford
  • 07-29-21

Biased but educational

Right leaning,l in a Ben-Shapiro-quasi-religious kind of way, yet at the same time thought provoking. I few this book would have been amazing if it had dealt with both extremes of the political spectrum equality. Too much cherry picking of examples where I’d immediately thing of a counter example which would prove the opposite. In my opinion the problem is people are mostly listening to the extremes of both parties rather than the moderate middle.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-21

A great read!

After the riveting success of his first book, Michael Knowles returns to educate the reader, on how the radical left has slowly been positioning its tentacles, over the years, to hijack language, and as a result thought.

An excellent book to educate yourself further on the temperature of the current socio-political climate

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  • Ken
  • 09-27-21

Done much better elsewhere.

Reads very much like a person lamenting the loss of influence of his own treasured absurdities. There are much better books on the idiocy or critical theory, and the collapse of Left wing legitimacy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-21

highly recommend

loved it, great book and very well read, well worth a listen.
few people are willing to discuss these issues

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  • mina
  • 09-08-21

Challenging but powerful!

I have got to say that as a conservative, i disagreed with the premise of that book, that absolute free speech can’t exist, but as I kept listening, by the end of the book i have changed my mind, don’t read this if you are not open minded!

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  • David Johns
  • 08-09-21

Exceptional logic & argument

A fresh & needed perspective on free speech & received standards. Must read for every conservative & Christian.