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For the first time in history, the world shut itself down - by choice - all for fear of a virus, COVID-19, that wasn’t well understood. The government, with the support of most Americans, ordered the closure of tens of thousands of small businesses - many never to return. Almost every school and college in the country sent its students home to finish the school year in front of a computer. Churches canceled worship services. 

“Social distancing” went from a non-word to a moral obligation overnight. Moral preening on social media achieved ever new heights. The world will reopen and life will go on, but what kind of world will it be when it does? It can’t be what it was, because of what’s just happened. 

Professors Jay Richards, William Briggs, and Douglas Axe take a deep dive into the crucial questions on the minds of millions of Americans during one of the most jarring and unprecedented global events in a generation. 

  • What will be the total cost in dollars, lives, and livelihoods of this response from governments, on advice from science? 
  • What role have national and global health organizations such as WHO played in this? To whom are they accountable? 
  • What evidence do they rely on in sounding the alarm? 
  • How did science bureaucrats, relying on murky data and speculative computer models, gain the power to shut down the global economy? 
  • How did politicians, who know nothing of the science, decide whom to trust?

We need to know what and how it happened to keep it from ever happening again.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Douglas Axe, William M. Briggs, and Jay W. Richards (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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This is the most important book you can read

I am 75 years old, I was in Italy when the pandemic hit, I have four comorbidities, I got sick very sick but I was survivable. This book explains what happened the shut down is the worst policy decision in the history of humanity. Read this book and you are going to get very very angry, then give this book to a friend, and then do something to force the politicians to stop The lockdown

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adds balance to the Covid story

Helps cut through the noise on Covid and add some perspective. We need more voices like it

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The most important book of the year!

Timely and well researched. This book is written by a biologist, statistician and a priest (yes, a priest). They give very clear statistical argument for criticizing how most western governments have handled the COVID situation. They ask the questions that the media does not allow, such as “is the cure worse than the disease?” By far the most important book of the year

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A must read!

Very important book. Anyone looking for arguments against the tyranny of lockdowns must read it.

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Required Reading

This book should be considered required reading for every “expert” in every Federal, State, and Local government office.

And reading it would benefit the rest of us as well.

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Thank you for your clarity,warning and hope.

You took data, events and outcomes most of us know and laid bare how we were duped by experts, the left and the media. Everyone should use your work as a basis for future discussion.

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Superb!

anyone who has any questions or doubts about how this pandemic was handled needs to read this book!

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Why did we do it?

This book is probably the best in-depth look into why the world locked down the way it did. It sends a clear warning for any who will listen! You will be better informed.

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well worth your time

a sobering reflection on the chaotic events of 2020 and the deplorable way it was handled by media.. and social media needs to be forced to choose to act as a neutral platform or a publisher - they can't be allowed to continue to act as both

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Exposing Media Exageration of Pandemic

Good read author does good job of showing how the fear of media and politicians can exaggerate things to allow government to be tyrants I'm the name of public health. Must read

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