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Benjamin Aaron Shapiro is an American conservative political commentator, public speaker, media executive, author, and former attorney. At age 17, he became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the United States.
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The Day of the Jackal
by Frederick Forsyth (May 28, 2018)
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THE CLASSIC THRILLER FROM #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR FREDERICK FORSYTH"The Day of the Jackal makes such comparable books such as The Manchurian Candidate and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold seem like Hardy Boy mysteries."--The New York Times The Jackal. A tall, blond Englishman with opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his professi...
Ben Shapiro
The best action novel ever written. By a looong shot!     source
The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America
by Barry Latzer (Jun 26, 2017)
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A compelling case can be made that violent crime, especially after the 1960s, was one of the most significant domestic issues in the United States. Indeed, few issues had as profound an effect on American life in the last third of the twentieth century. After 1965, crime rose to such levels that it frightened virtually all Americans and prompted si...
Ben Shapiro
The justice system is not biased against black people or hispanic people, read The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America and you will see the statistics.     source
Myths and Facts
A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict
by Mitchell G. Bard (Dec 11, 2016)
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In the last sixty years, Israel has faced seven different wars. During that time, the country has been under immense scrutiny and been the recipient of false accusations. This leaves the public with many questions: Does Israel want peace with the Arab nations? How do Islamic views affect Israel?Using a number of sources, Mitchell G. Bard uncovers I...
Ben Shapiro
The best book you can get on the Israeli-Arab conflict. You'll know everything you need to know if you pick this up.     source
Hillbilly Elegy
A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J. D. Vance (Jun 27, 2016)
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From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of Americas white working classHillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisisthat of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic o...
Ben Shapiro
A very well-written book. The whole thing is a critique of individual decisions.     source
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The War on Cops
How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe
by Heather Mac Donald (Jun 20, 2016)
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Since the summer of 2014, America has been convulsed with a protest movement known as Black Lives Matter. That movement holds that police officers are among the greatest threats—if not the greatest threat--facing young black males today. Policing and the rest of the criminal justice system—from prosecutors to drug laws—single out minority communiti...
Ben Shapiro
A very good book. Talks about the Ferguson effect and why it is that the left's attack on law enforcement is actually making people in the inner city less safe, and raising crime rates.     source
String Theory
David Foster Wallace on Tennis
by David Foster Wallace (May 09, 2016)
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An instant classic of American sportswriting—the tennis essays of David Foster Wallace, “the best mind of his generation” (A. O. Scott) and “the best tennis-writer of all time” (New York Times) Both a onetime "near-great junior tennis player" and a lifelong connoisseur of the finer points of the game, David Foster Wallace wrote about tennis with th...
Ben Shapiro
A fun bathroom book to read. The writing is really great.     source
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Going Red
The Two Million Voters Who Will Elect the Next President--and How Conservatives Can Win Them
by Ed Morrissey (Apr 11, 2016)
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The 2016 election is conservatives’ last, best chance to take back the country. So, how can they win?    The answer, conservative columnist and analyst Ed Morrissey says, depends on seven battleground counties in swing states Republicans must win. Each county pulled for Obama in one or both of the last two elections, but after eight years of misadv...
Ben Shapiro
A very interesting book.     source
The Scandal of Money
Why Wall Street Recovers but the Economy Never Does
by George Gilder (Mar 27, 2016)
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Why do conservatives have such a hard time winning the economic debate in the court of public opinion? Simple, George Gilder says: conservatives misunderstand economics almost as badly as liberals do. Republicans have been running on tax cut proposals since the era of Harding and Coolidge without seriously addressing the key problems of a global ec...
Ben Shapiro
A tremendous author.     source
The Professor in the Cage
Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch
by Jonathan Gottschall (Mar 14, 2016)
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An English professor starts training in mixed martial arts, exploring the science and history behind the violence of men  When a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym opens across the street from his office, Jonathan Gottschall sees a challenge. Pushing forty, out of shape, and disenchanted with his job as an adjunct English professor, he works up his nerve...
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All about why it is that men love watching fights.     source
Homage to Catalonia
by George Orwell (May 18, 2015)
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A National Review Top Ten Best Nonfiction Books of the Century   “One of Orwell’s very best books and perhaps the best book that exists on the Spanish Civil War.”—The New Yorker   In 1936, originally intending merely to report on the Spanish Civil War as a journalist, George Orwell found himself embroiled as a participant—as a member of the Workers...
Ben Shapiro
A lot of people have read Orwell's 1984, he actually wrote a book that's better. It's Homage to Catalonia.     source
Basic Economics
by Thomas Sowell (Dec 01, 2014)
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Basic Economicsis a citizen's guide to economics, written for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Bestselling economist Thomas Sowell explains the general principles underlying different economic systems: capitalist, socialist, feudal, and so on. In readable language, he shows how to criti...
Ben Shapiro
If you read this book and "Economics in One Lesson" you'll know more than all or your classmates combined about the basic workings of free markets and economics.     source
Ball Four
The Final Pitch
by Jim Bouton (Mar 31, 2014)
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The beloved baseball classic now available in paperback, with a new prologue by Jim Bouton When Ball Four was first published in 1970, it hit the sports world like a lightning bolt. Commissioners, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and "social leper." Commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to ...
Ben Shapiro
The best baseball book.     source
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The Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson (Sep 30, 2013)
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Part of a new six-volume series of the best in classic horror, selected by award-winning director Guillermo del Toro   Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin Horror series, a new collection of classic tales and poems by masters of the genre. Included here are some of del Toro’s favorite...
Ben Shapiro
Very enjoyable. It is a good book.     source
The Revenge of Geography
What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
by Robert D. Kaplan (Sep 09, 2013)
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In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.   In The Revenge of Geography, Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of g...
Ben Shapiro
It's very good.     source
Knowledge and Power
The Information Theory of Capitalism and How it is Revolutionizing our World
by George Gilder (Jun 09, 2013)
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Ronald Reagan’s most-quoted living author—George Gilder—is back with an all-new paradigm-shifting theory of capitalism that will upturn conventional wisdom, just when our economy desperately needs a new direction.America’s struggling economy needs a better philosophy than the college student's lament: "I can't be out of money, I still have checks i...
Ben Shapiro
A really good book.     source
Wealth and Poverty
A New Edition for the Twenty-First Century
by George Gilder (Aug 20, 2012)
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Hailed as “the guide to capitalism,” the New York Times bestseller Wealth and Poverty by George F. Gilder is one of the most famous economic books of all time and has sold more than one million copies since its first release. In this influential classic, Gilder explains and makes the case for supply-side economics, proves the moral superiority of f...
Ben Shapiro
A very good book.     source
The Once and Future King
by T. H. White (Oct 31, 2011)
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T. H. White's masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance, and magic that has enchanted readers for generations. Once upon a time, a young boy called "Wart" was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn't possib...
Ben Shapiro
The best fantasy book of all time.     source
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The Beast That Crouches at the Door
Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, and Beyond
by Rabbi David Fohrman (Oct 14, 2007)
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What are we to learn from the narratives in the Torah? A walking, talking snake. A tree that bears mysterious knowledge of Good and Evil. A mark upon Cain for all to see. The early narratives in the Book of Genesis are familiar to us from childhood, yet the meaning of these stories often seem maddeningly elusive. For example: By forbidding Adam and...
Ben Shapiro
A Biblical criticism book that I think is really terrrific. Really terrific.     source
The Insanity Defense
The Complete Prose
by Woody Allen (Jun 11, 2007)
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Comprising the classic bestsellers Getting Even, Without Feathers, and Side Effects, this definitive collection of comic writings is from a man who needs no Introduction. Really–this book has no Introduction. The Insanity Defense reveals many sides of Woody Allen as he holds forth on the most human of urges (“Why does man kill? He kills for food. A...
Ben Shapiro
About how the country, the democratic process, and our politicians, have failed the mentally ill in the country.     source
Earth Abides
A Novel
by George R. Stewart (Mar 27, 2006)
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Ben Shapiro
A very depressing, but good book.     source
Black Rednecks & White Liberals
by Sowel (Dec 31, 2005)
Ben Shapiro
A really good book.     source
The Wisdom of Crowds
by James Surowiecki (Aug 15, 2005)
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In this fascinating book, New Yorker business columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea: Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant–better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future. With boundless erudition and in delightfully clear prose, S...
Ben Shapiro
It's very good.     source
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Alas, Babylon
by Pat Frank (Jul 04, 2005)
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"Alas, Babylon." Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join...
Ben Shapiro
A classic of the genre. Nuclear war hits, how do people survive it afterward?     source
The Source
A Novel
by James A. Michener (Jun 30, 2002)
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In the grand storytelling style that is his signature, James Michener sweeps us back through time to the very beginnings of the Jewish faith, thousands of years ago. Through the predecessors of four modern men and women, we experience the entire colorful history of the Jews, including the life of the early Hebrews and their persecutions, the impact...
Ben Shapiro
Basically a bunch of short stories. But a bunch of them are really, really compelling and interesting. It's a long read but it's an easy read.     source
The Quest for Cosmic Justice
by Thomas Sowell (Feb 04, 2002)
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This book is about the great moral issues underlying many of the headline-making political controversies of our times. It is not a comforting book but a book about disturbing and dangerous trends. The Quest for Cosmic Justice shows how confused conceptions of justice end up promoting injustice, how confused conceptions of equality end up promoting ...
Ben Shapiro
Really terrific.     source
Ghosts of Manila
The Fateful Blood Feud Between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier
by Mark Kram (Jan 31, 2002)
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When Muhammad Ali met Joe Frazier in Manila for their third fight, their rivalry had spun out of control. The Ali-Frazier matchup had become a madness, inflamed by the media and the politics of race. When the "Thrilla in Manila" was over, one man was left with a ruin of a life; the other was battered to his soul.Mark Kram covered that fight for Spo...
Ben Shapiro
Really terrific book about the fights between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. And it really traces Ali's entire life.     source
Modern Times Revised Edition
The World from the Twenties to the Nineties (Perennial Classics)
by Paul Johnson (Aug 06, 2001)
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Revised EditionThe history of the 20th century is marked by two great narratives: nations locked in savage wars over ideology and territory, and scientists overturning the received wisdom of preceding generations. For Paul Johnson, the modern era begins with one of the second types of revolutions, in 1919, when English astronomer Sir Arthur Eddingt...
Ben Shapiro
People always ask me about history books. I think I've mentioned Modern Times.     source
Childhood's End
A Novel (Del Rey Impact)
by Arthur C. Clarke (Jul 02, 2001)
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Soon to be a Syfy miniseries event  Childhood’s End is one of the defining legacies of Arthur C. Clarke, the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey and many other groundbreaking works. Since its publication in 1953, this prescient novel about first contact gone wrong has come to be regarded not only as a science fiction classic but as a literary thriller ...
Ben Shapiro
The best science fiction book probably ever.     source
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The Long March
How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America
by Roger Kimball (Feb 29, 2000)
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Roger Kimball shows how the 'cultural revolution' of the 1960s and '70s took hold in America, lodging in our hearts and minds, and in our innermost assumptions about what counts as the good life. Kimball believes that the counterculture transformed high culture as well as our everyday life in terms of attitudes toward self and country, sex and drug...
Ben Shapiro
Quite brilliant. It really traces the rise of the intellectual left and how they defeated the liberals in America.     source
A Novel in Three Parts (Vintage Classics)
by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Jul 31, 1995)
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Alternate cover here.Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horrified Russia in 1869, Fyodor Dostoevsky conceived of Demons as a "novel-pamphlet" in which he would say everything about the plague of materialist ideology that he saw infecting his native land. What emerged in 1872 was at once his darkest novel until The Brothers Karama...
Ben Shapiro
There's some light reading for you.     source
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In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote (Jan 31, 1994)
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On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, ...
Ben Shapiro
Truman Capote's best book. It's a really, really good book.     source
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Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
by James Fitzjames Stephen (May 31, 1993)
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Students of political theory will welcome the return to print of this brilliant defense of ordered liberty. Impugning John Stuart Mill’s famous treatise, On Liberty, Stephen criticized Mill for turning abstract doctrines of the French Revolution into “the creed of a religion.”Only the constraints of morality and law make liberty possible, warned St...
Ben Shapiro
If you ever want to read a really good book debunking utilitarianism, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity is an excellent book.     source
The Men Who Started the American Revolution
by A.J. Langguth (Mar 14, 1989)
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With meticulous research and page-turning suspense, Patriots brings to life the American Revolution—the battles, the treacheries, and the dynamic personalities of the men who forged our freedom.George Washington, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry—these heroes were men of intellect, passion, and ambition. From t...
Ben Shapiro
Another great history book. Tells the history of the American Revolution.     source
Economics in One Lesson
The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics
by Henry Hazlitt (Dec 13, 1988)
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A million copy seller, Henry Hazlitts Economics in One Lesson is a classic economic primer. But it is also much more, having become a fundamental influence on modern libertarian economics of the type espoused by Ron Paul and others.Considered among the leading economic thinkers of the Austrian School, which includes Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, F...
Ben Shapiro
If you read this book and "Basic Economics" you'll know more than all or your classmates combined about the basic workings of free markets and economics.     source
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Tragedy And Comedy
by Walter Kerr (Aug 20, 1985)
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In this superb critical study of tragedy and comedy—their sources, masks, and meanings—Walter Kerr, former drama critic for the New York Times, examines masterpieces from Aristophanes and Shakespeare to Chekhov and Beckett. His imaginative thesis, that "the two masks the theater shows us are in actuality the same face, worn by the same man, reporti...
Ben Shapiro
A great book. The author's theory is that life is both a tragedy and a comedy. It's the fact that we are capable of reaching out to God and reaching out to the stars, but that we're always gonna fall short, that we're always going to die.     source
by Leon Uris (Dec 31, 1959)
Ben Shapiro
A really terrific book. It's sort of the history of the founding of Israel.     source
Mila 18
by Leon Uris (Dec 31, 1601)
Ben Shapiro
My favorite book by Leon Uris.     source