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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (327 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert H. Bork Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538462614
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliant blend of passionate conviction and sustained argument. May be the most important book of the ’90s.”

    Michael Novak, bestselling author

  • “Reader Barrett Whitener projects a confident newscaster’s voice…never stumbling no matter how difficult the terminology.”

    AudioFile

  • “Strongly recommended for public libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “Forthright and magisterial, this is a fine summary of ‘social conservativism,’ one those who want to understand that position should read first.”

    Booklist 

  • “A thoughtful conservative’s devastating judgment on intemperate liberalism, one that seems sure to reopen the bitter national debate over individual rights and responsibilities.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[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

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ed Horch | 2/20/2014

    " This is another book that is hard to give a star rating. As a prescription for curing America's ills, it fails miserably. As a vision of a theocratic dystopia, it succeeds admirably. Let us not speak ill of the dead. Nevertheless, thank whatever you believe runs the show, that this man was never a Supreme Court justice. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maddie | 2/20/2014

    " At the time I read it, I was incredulous that Bork had ever been considered a respected jurist, but clearly he was just slightly ahead of his time. For a guy who's so concerned about the "feminization" of American men, he sure is hysterical. Sadly, it is not possible to reach through the book and slap him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 2/10/2014

    " Excellent book. Bork is a genius as far as I'm concerned. He put into words a lot of what I'd been thinking already. It is a little depressing, because there doesn't really seem to be a solution to many of the problems in the country. I think perhaps we've already gone too far down many of the wrong roads to be able to turn back now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/6/2014

    " This book has had more influence on me than any other secular book. I read it at age 15. This book is the reason I'm a conservative. Robert Bork is one of the greatest legal thinkers of our age. The book isn't a critique of liberal politics, but explores how the vulgarity and hedonism of our culture damages our society. This damage is done by any trend or group which convinces people that good and evil do not exist "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 2/6/2014

    " This was not necessarily a pleasant read (because of some of the examples used to illustrate points) but definitely a timely one. I read one review that stated that Bork was just bitter, hated anything liberal, and couldn't find anything good to say about America. Yeah, right. I recommend this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clara Roberts | 2/4/2014

    " If brillance is the ability to take large complicated thoughts and put them in a simple fashion that a common man can understand then Robert Bork was one of our most brillant thinkers. He documents the degrading of American culture. Then he points out that we must reclaim our institutions on at a time. "Religion must be recaptured church by church, education, university by university, school board by school board." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsea Gillus | 1/27/2014

    " The book is just ok. If you happen to be conservative, then it is probably a book you would love. If you happen to be liberal, it is a book that you would find hilariously sad. Some of his arguments (like on Feminism and the Supreme Court) have some holes. Also, I find it a little bit hypocritical that he is against undermining authority, and yet America was started by undermining the authority of the English King (and he praises the Founding Fathers too). Overall, it can get a little boring and drawn out. I would suggest probably a more modern figure, at least when it comes to a book on political theory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/24/2014

    " I'm still disappointed that he's not on the Supreme Court. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myron | 1/20/2014

    " Radical egalitarianism is on the rise. Judge Bork warned eloquently a decade ago. This remains a thoughtful commentary on American culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 1/10/2014

    " The title alone is insightful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James Tanner | 1/10/2014

    " Very interesting at first but became very repetitious and more of a polemic than offering any solutions for the problems he outlines in too much detail "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 1/9/2014

    " Frankly, I enjoyed it more than his Tempting of America book, which had too much about case law for non-lawyers, but this book seems quite similar to Closing of the American Mind - by Bloom. These books spend 95% describing the problem, and not enough time on the solution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bishop | 12/31/2013

    " This book does a great job explaining why our society is in such a moral decline. It also helps me understand why liberal views can sometimes be misguided. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 12/13/2013

    " Fantastic. And to think we got stuck with that mental pygmie Anthony Kennedy instead. Never let them tell you that political fights don't matter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 12/9/2013

    " Bork's writing comes across as ignorant; this book was given to me as a gift and helped shift my political views to the left. That said, he does cover a great many controversial socio-historical events in this work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 11/15/2013

    " Now I understand why the left fought his nomination tooth-and-nail. Scorching indictment of the (although he doesn't pin everything on that decade) 60's and the ideology that drove that decade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Miller | 11/7/2013

    " The author explains all facets of the revolution from "feminism" to "illegal immigration" to "race victims" to "Homosexual Rights". This one will not give you very little ,if any, hope for our Nation's future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 10/15/2013

    " This is one of the best books I have read recently. I wasn't too keen on some of Chapter 3, but thoroughly enjoyed everything else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Coulter | 9/7/2013

    " This was a great book about a depressing subject: the moral and social decline of our country. It was written in the mid-1990s, but a lot of Bork's observations still apply today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 8/10/2013

    " One of my all timers. If you care about where the world is pointed and want to understand its immediate implications this is a great read. This is the kind of book I would love to read as a book club to discuss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Graham | 7/1/2013

    " I've read just over half of this book, and so far, it's not only the best political book I've read, but probably is the best non-fiction I've read. In a word, it's fascinating. Absolutely fascinating. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natasha | 6/30/2013

    " The title caught my eye and the back cover description pretty much sealed the deal. Far from a right wing conservative, I still thought this was an important book for me to read just to better understand the very idealogies that run counter to my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 3/12/2013

    " Oh that this man would have been confirmed for the Supreme Court. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daddy | 2/8/2013

    " great mind alot ithin is hers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/10/2012

    " Very informative. Definitely not an EASY read, but you will learn a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry White | 7/18/2012

    " While I fundamentally disagree with just about everything Robert Bork has to say, it is a very interesting and well-informed read. I certainly came away with an understanding of the conservative perspective (and a realization that I don't align with this viewpoint at all). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 7/3/2012

    " I read this in a class called The American Culture War. While I disagree with Mr. Bork completely, it's a really interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy Anderson | 1/27/2012

    " We need more people like Bork speaking up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 4/3/2011

    " While I fundamentally disagree with just about everything Robert Bork has to say, it is a very interesting and well-informed read. I certainly came away with an understanding of the conservative perspective (and a realization that I don't align with this viewpoint at all). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/10/2010

    " I've read just over half of this book, and so far, it's not only the best political book I've read, but probably is the best non-fiction I've read. In a word, it's fascinating. Absolutely fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 10/3/2010

    " Oh that this man would have been confirmed for the Supreme Court. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 4/21/2010

    " I'm still disappointed that he's not on the Supreme Court. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 4/9/2010

    " This was a great book about a depressing subject: the moral and social decline of our country. It was written in the mid-1990s, but a lot of Bork's observations still apply today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 2/5/2010

    " Now I understand why the left fought his nomination tooth-and-nail. Scorching indictment of the (although he doesn't pin everything on that decade) 60's and the ideology that drove that decade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daddy | 7/12/2009

    " great mind alot ithin is hers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myron | 6/4/2009

    " Radical egalitarianism is on the rise. Judge Bork warned eloquently a decade ago. This remains a thoughtful commentary on American culture. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James | 6/2/2009

    " Very interesting at first but became very repetitious and more of a polemic than offering any solutions for the problems he outlines in too much detail "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/22/2009

    " The author explains all facets of the revolution from "feminism" to "illegal immigration" to "race victims" to "Homosexual Rights". This one will not give you very little ,if any, hope for our Nation's future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 2/20/2009

    " Fantastic. And to think we got stuck with that mental pygmie Anthony Kennedy instead. Never let them tell you that political fights don't matter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bishop | 11/11/2008

    " This book does a great job explaining why our society is in such a moral decline. It also helps me understand why liberal views can sometimes be misguided. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 10/9/2008

    " One of my all timers. If you care about where the world is pointed and want to understand its immediate implications this is a great read. This is the kind of book I would love to read as a book club to discuss. "

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About the Author

Robert H. Bork (1927–2012) received his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Chicago. He was a partner at a major law firm, taught constitutional law at Yale Law School, served as solicitor general and as acting attorney general of the United States, and served as a United States Court of Appeals judge. He was also the author of the bestselling The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law.

About the Narrator

Barrett Whitener has been narrating audiobooks since 1992. His recordings have won several awards, including the prestigious Audie and six Earphones Awards. AudioFile magazine has named him one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Washington, DC.