I enjoyed this book, but I can’t give it a glowing review.
I try to stay out of the strange social politics happening today, but I know that ignoring it won’t make it go away.
There are serious problems with the growing culture of victimhood, “identity politics”, censorship of disagreeing voices etc. These are huge problems, and I was hoping this book would help the masses wake up from this liberal nightmare.
The book entertained me. It was full of great points, and Saad writes with what I believe is the perfect mix of academic and casual prose.
BUT, I have heard those points before. We probably all have. And I already agreed with these points. I highly doubt this book would “convince” anyone who doesn’t already agree.
Saad’s personality is great. His indignation is completely rational and justified. But he mocks the other side.
I am in sales. More academics should familiarize themselves with sales systems, because no sales person would attempt to insult their target audience and expect them to buy the product or idea.
It was a fun book for me. But for the person who actually should realize the delusions in the current culture, I have no doubt that they would only be offended by this book. Ironically, a big point of this book is they really shouldn’t be offended - but I doubt any non believer will actually even read enough of the book to be persuaded that their hurt feelings are irrational.
People can change their minds, but it’s not usually by argument, mockery, or disagreement.
If you disagree with people you need to at least understand and acknowledge why they feel that way. Selling ideas, like all sales, requires some dose of “the magic of agreement”.
This book is a decent song for the choir, but it’s not much more.