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review 2019-07-12 17:15
How to be Right in a World Gone Wrong by Janes O'Brien
How to be Right:..in a world gone wrong - James O'Brien O'Brien

I started listening to James O’Brien on LBC radio a while ago. I’ve always been a fan, watching videos (that have gone viral) of him demolishing callers on issues where they’re clearly misinformed. That led me to listen to his full show every morning from Monday-Friday. I must admit I’ve taken a little break from listening as his near-continual demonization of Jeremy Corbyn is a little much. I agree with some of it, it’s not that, it’s just a bit repetitive.

 

Each chapter in this fairly short book discusses a subject such as immigration or feminism. To illustrate his arguments O’Brien intersperses each chapter with calls he’s had previously to his radio show. These were my favorite bits. I listened to this on audio which was great and these calls were rerecorded with a voice actor who put on various accents etc and really made them.

 

James’s overarching point is that people aren’t often asked to explain their position anymore. He contests that when they are they often crumble and reveal the truth of their arguments, that it’s just repetition of what someone else has said and not something they’ve actively thought about. What James wants most of all is to force these people to think. The biggest compliment he can receive, he says, is to change someone’s mind.

This is a great book to inform, especially when it comes to Brexit and I would strongly urge everyone (from the U.K. especially) to read this and take on the most central point: have the ability to defend your arguments.

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text 2019-06-30 21:58
Reading progress update: I've listened 204 out of 300 minutes.
How to be Right:..in a world gone wrong - James O'Brien O'Brien

Illuminating, insightful, clever. If you need the facts concerning this whole Brexit debacle, I don't know of a better place you'd find them.

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review 2013-11-08 02:39
Individual Ratings for The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2 - Guy de Maupassant,E. Nesbit,M.R. James,Nathaniel Hawthorne,Robert Arthur,Washington Irving,Robert W. Chambers,Ralph Adams Cram,Ambrose Bierce,Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu,E.F. Benson,A.M. Burrage,Richard Dalby,Bernard Capes,Basil Copper,Derek Stanford,Lewis Sp

As I was not yet writing reviews when I read this book, I don't have reviews for each of the short stories included in this anthology. So here are my ratings; if I ever reread the book, I intend to add reviews.

★★★☆☆ Who or What Was It? by Kingsley Amis
★★★★☆ The Believers by Robert Arthur
★★☆☆☆ A Happy Release by Sabine Baring-Gould
★★★☆☆ One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Nugent Barker
★★☆☆☆ The Man Who Went Too Far by E.F. Benson
★★★☆☆ The Secret of Macarger's Gulch by Ambrose Bierce
★★★☆☆ The God with Four Arms by H.T.W. Bousfield
★★★★☆ The Shadowy Escort by A.M. Burrage
★★★☆☆ The Widow's Clock by Bernard Capes
★★★☆☆ A Pleasant Evening by Robert W. Chambers
★★★★☆ The Elemental by R. Chetwynd-Hayes
★★★☆☆ Something to Reflect Upon by Clare Colvin
★★★☆☆ The Second Passenger by Basil Copper
★★★☆☆ No.252 Rue M. Le Prince by Ralph A. Cram
★★★★☆ St. Bartholomew's Day by Edmund Crispin
★☆☆☆☆ The Ghost in Master B.'s Room by Charles Dickens
★★★★☆ The Brown Hand by Arthur Conan Doyle
★★★★☆ Yak Mool San by H.B. Drake
★★☆☆☆ The Spirit of Christmas by Vivian Edwards
★★★☆☆ Uncle Christian's Inheritance by Erckmann-Chatrian
★★★☆☆ The Black Widow by John S. Glasby
★★☆☆☆ Across the Moors by William Fryer Harvey
★★☆☆☆ The Gray Champion by Nathaniel Hawthorne
★★☆☆☆ Governor Manco and the Soldier by Washington Irving
★★☆☆☆ Rats by M.R. James
★★★☆☆ Mädelein by Roger Johnson
★★★★☆ And Turns No More His Head by A.F. Kidd
★★★★☆ By Word of Mouth by Rudyard Kipling
★★★★☆ The Curse of the Stillborn by Margery Lawrence
★★★☆☆ Dance! Dance! The Shaking of the Sheets by Alan W. Lear
★★★☆☆ The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
★★★★☆ Haunted Air by L.A. Lewis
★★★☆☆ The Coxswain of the Lifeboat by R.H. Malden
★★★☆☆ On the River by Guy de Maupassant
★★★☆☆ Things by J.C. Moore
★☆☆☆☆ The Ebony Frame by Edith Nesbit
★★★☆☆ The Downs by Amyas Northcote
★★★☆☆ The Pot of Tulips by Fitz-James O'Brien
★★★☆☆ The Burned House by Vincent O'Sullivan
★★☆☆☆ The Unfinished Masterpiece by C.D. Pamely
★☆☆☆☆ The Witches' Sabbath by James Platt
★★☆☆☆ Metzengerstein by Edgar Allan Poe
★★☆☆☆ The Story of Saddler's Croft by K. and H. Prichard
★☆☆☆☆ The Face by Lennox Robinson
★☆☆☆☆ A Fisher of Men by David G. Rowlands
★★☆☆☆ A Mysterious Portrait by Mark Rutherford
★★★☆☆ Ward 8 by Pamela Sewell
★★★☆☆ The Coat by A.E.D. Smith
★★☆☆☆ A Voice in Feathers by Lewis Spence
★☆☆☆☆ A Dream of Porcelain by Derek Stanford
★★☆☆☆ No.11 Welham Square by Herbert Stephen
★★☆☆☆ The Bishop's Ghost and the Printer's Baby by Frank R. Stockton
★★☆☆☆ The Secret of the Growing Gold by Bram Stoker
★★☆☆☆ The Ash Track by Mark Valentine
★☆☆☆☆ In a Nursing Home by E.H. Visiak
★☆☆☆☆ The Stranger of the Night by Edgar Wallace
★☆☆☆☆ The Triumph of the Night by Edith Wharton
★★★☆☆ The Hall Bedroom by Mary E. Wilkins
★★☆☆☆ The Ghost at the "Blue Dragon" by William J. Wintle,

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review 2012-09-29 00:00
ThePath of the Fallen Book of E'Malkai by OBrien, D, James ( Author ) ON Sep-29-2006, Paperback
The Path of the Fallen: Book of E'Malkai - Dan O'Brien This book sounds amazing. Sadly I was just unable to get into to it. I recommend it for fans of high fantasy. Which I am not. :(
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