• Slouching Towards Gomorrah

  • Modern Liberalism and American Decline
  • By: Robert H. Bork
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (296 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to America, 1996. The “rough beast” that visionary poet Yeats foresaw in 1919 is now a full-grown monster of decadence several generations deep. As a nation, we are pursuing a path toward Gomorrah, the biblical city burned to the ground for the sinfulness of its people.

In Slouching Towards Gomorrah, one of our nation's most distinguished conservative scholars offers a prophetic view of a culture in decline, a nation in such serious moral trouble that its very foundation is crumbling. The root of our decline, Bork argues, is the rise of modern liberalism, which stresses the dual forces of radical egalitarianism and radical individualism. Bork traces modern liberalism through the past two and a half centuries and suggests how it may have arisen from the very nature of western civilization itself.

©1996 Robert H. Bork (P)1997 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Forthright and magisterial, this is a fine summary of ‘social conservativism,’ one those who want to understand that position should read first." ( Booklist)
"Reader Barrett Whitener projects a confident newscaster's voice…never stumbling no matter how difficult the terminology." ( AudioFile)
"[Bork] methodically takes us through the sectors of our experience which have been infected by the excesses of post-1960s liberalism….On each of these topics Bork brings to bear an astonishing range of information and argument." ( Commentary Magazine)

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Unbelievably perceptive!!!

An amazing revelation of where America stands as a country and a culture and where its headed.

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I felt as though I was reading the words of a prophet

Since this book was written during the Clinton Administration, all the thoughts, predictions and reflections spoke loudly to our world today.

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robert bork vs. ted kennedy and joe biden

? do you enjoy playing political "...what-if ?..."
? have you closely followed the supreme court's rulings
? do you wonder who often provides the swing votes

this concise book outlines robert bork's basic judicial philosophy
it was written about 9 years after his devastating 1987 senate rejection
many see it as a focal point in american political and civil discourse

bork was fundamentally an honest and arrogant american conservative
biden and kennedy used bork's lack of humility and political sense against him
their 1987 senate hearings were a mean and public rebuke to republican america

as it turned out, anthony kennedy was appointed to that supreme court seat
he has reliably provided the swing vote in numerous 5-4 supreme court rulings
sadly, since 1987, the line between judicial and political has been hard to find

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Better be ready to have TOTAL concentration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, so much of what Judge Bork writes has come true...our society is losing it's strength because of liberalism and the dumbing down of our youth....

What did you like best about this story?

Not a best part, but it is definitely a book that makes you reflect on history and where we rare right now as a nation

What does Barrett Whitener bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Unknown....

Could you see Slouching Towards Gomorrah being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Man, I can't imagine it would make much....the truth hurts!

Any additional comments?

Good book, but it has great depth and takes a lot of concentration to get it all.

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Classic

Actually I have this hard cover on my shelf and had been reading it, but wanted to take it to work with me. Very good move.

The first chapter does a fantastic job of surmising the rest of the book, and the rest of the book is still a pleasure to read.

What stands out is Bork's delineation of radical egalitarianism and radical individualism. The libertarian and the far left liberal are so far apart on the ideological scale, yet they somehow come together on certain key issues. If this has ever perplexed you, this book is a fantastic read.

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He would'a made an excellent Supreme Court Justice

I bought this book when it was first published many years ago. I never read it because, frankly, I wasn't a Robert Bork fan because of the role he played in the Nixon Administration during the Watergate scandal. I see now I should not have been so quick to judge. No pun intended. The book. if anything else, shows that Judge Bork had a vast, deep intellect. He was not naive about liberalism and he goes into great detail about how it functions. Societal morals are on a slippery slope because of it.
I started listening to this title during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing. I enjoyed it, with the exception of too much detail on some depravity that, sadly, exists in this country and the World. When you consider the date this book was published you will see that this work was prophetic... and you will surmise that Robert H. Bork would have made an excellent Supreme Court Justice.
The Judge uses the term bourgeois many times in this book so refresh your memory and look up the meaning beforehand. Yes! I enthusiastically, recommend this title.

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Excellent book, appalling narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would not recommend the audiobook version of this book to a friend, no. I would recommend the book--highly. This narrator, however, reads quickly: it sounds like he is on 1.25x or 1.5x speed (I had to check to see if my Audible settings were on normal reading speed), and he is duotonous throughout--no voice inflections, no emphasis where needed, etc. Terrible narration. I listen to a lot of non-fiction audiobooks, and most of the time I have to back up the narration occasionally to listen to something again to ensure I heard it or understood it. With this narrator, however, I essentially listened to this book 2-3x because I had to back it up so much. Atrocious narration. It is a real injustice to such a seminal work such as this one. I would NOT recommend this audiobook to anyone. Go buy the real book and finish in 1/3 the time. I would return the audiobook if it weren't dishonest to do so (I plowed through to get my money's worth).

Would you be willing to try another one of Barrett Whitener’s performances?

Absolutely not.

Any additional comments?

DO NOT BUY THIS AUDIOBOOK. TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE NARRATOR.

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Profound Insight Into the Liberal Mind

Bork documents the left's only true political alignment: They are fleeing the culture that made this country a place worth living. They have no objective of their own. Their's is to tear down and destroy.

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The peak of intellectual cowardice

I am beyond exhausted of these conservatives talking about left wing terrorists and comparing them to fascists and Nazis in order to appeal to a broader crowd. They weren’t like “Nazis” they were communists. Italian fascism and Nazism and nationalist movements throughout Europe arose to fight against left wing violence and rioters. Conservatives must compare communists to fascists in order to gatekeep, these milquetoast conservatives have never one an inch of ground in the culture war and that is why they are endlessly calling communists fascists.

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Epic book, but where do they find these narrators?!?

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read, but with one of the worst narrators. If the material had not been so compelling I would have returned the book. Nothing personal, its just that some people’s voices are suited for narrating and others are not. The reason I pay for Audible is in the hopes for a high quality presentation. This narrator was a chore to listen to. The only one worse was the original unabridged “Fabric of the Cosmos” by Brian Greene, which thankfully they update with a better narrator, lol. Just my opinion though, if you love that old fashioned, super mid-rangy, radio broadcaster voice than this is for you!!

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