“The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great” by Ben Shapiro is scholarly, no-holds-barred analysis of where we are and where we have come from. His contention is that Judeo-Christian values and Greek reasoning are the twin pillars upon which Western Civilization was built and presently rests. Western civilization, he contends, is man’s best hope, and he warns that we are on the verge of throwing it away.
“We don’t live in a perfect world,” he writes in the introduction, “but we do live in the best world that has ever existed.” He gives plenty of data to qualify that statement.
Shapiro presents a philosophical feast of world class proportions as he rolls out his argument. Like a master mason carefully placing one stone upon another he explains how we got to where we are today. His analysis is potent and concise at the same time.
This is a book I wish I could have written, but it is well beyond my purview to pull something like this off. Only a scholar with a genius IQ who has taken time to read the equivalent of a municipal library full of books on history and philosophy could write such a gem!
Albert Einstein once said: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
Shapiro understands the subjects he traverses in this book, and he explains them with genius clarity. Reading this book is the next best thing to getting degree in philosophy. Maybe even better, since there are few, if any, universities that teach this wise point of view.
Reading this book felt like one of those super roller coaster rides at an amusement park. Only it lasts more than 90 seconds and covers a while lot more ground. I highly recommend it!
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