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  • Jews Don’t Count

  • By: David Baddiel
  • Narrated by: David Baddiel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,476 ratings)

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Summary

How identity politics failed one particular identity.

Jews Don’t Count is an audiobook for people who consider themselves on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. People, possibly, like you. It is the comedian and writer David Baddiel’s contention that one type of racism has been left out of this fight. 

In his unique combination of close reasoning, polemic, personal experience and jokes, Baddiel argues that those who think of themselves as on the right side of history have often ignored the history of anti-Semitism. He outlines why and how, in a time of intensely heightened awareness of minorities, Jews don’t count as a real minority: and why they should. 

©2021 David Baddiel (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Patient, clear and persuasive - which makes it not just admirable but valuable." (Jonathan Freedland)

"Just so brilliantly argued and written, I was completely swept along." (Hadley Freeman)

"A convincing and devastating charge sheet." (Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times)

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Important, Powerful and sadly required

David Baddiel describes crucially and effectively the prominence of antisemitism in modern culture and the severe ignorance around it. A book which needs to be put in front of as many people as possible.

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perfect timing

I've wanted to understand more about the subject of anti-Semitism and this book delivers a well thought out argument on why it matters.

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Utterly fascinating

David Baddiel is a very clever soul and creates something so blindingly obvious to me when hearing it and yet, quite clearly it needs to be spelt out. There is no ego here, no self-entitlement, no high horse manner. He’s just stating some facts, some stories in a methodical, plain way. Truly brilliant.

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Must read for all UK based 'progressives'

This is a really well researched and clearly written book focusing specifically on the issue of how anti-semitism is dismissed or down played by the 'progressives' in the UK.
As a white, UK-based progressive this highlighted my own past hypocrisies and blind-spots towards anti-semitism and helps me keep an eye out for such failings in future.
I have found it on a par with 'how to be anti-racist' and 'why I'm now longer talking to white people about race' for identifying and addressing my assumptions and privileges.
Because the book is tightly focused it is able to explore a lot of nuance without becoming intimidatingly long or complex.

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important listening

David Baddiel has always been an excellent writer and orator. This book is no exception. Very much on point and a lesson to many, including me.

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An excellent essay on anti-Semitism

David Baddiel sets out some very thoughtful arguments on anti-Semitism and racism. Worth a listen if you really want to be progressive.

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Excellent

Thought provoking, good to hear his opinions on this subject. Something I have been thinking about a lot recently.

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boring

baddiel continually moans about the same nonsense as he does all the time. Deliberately fails to see the bigger picture.

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A book that should be on the curriculum

Ticks off every point I have ever felt about Jews not counting. A superb book.

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Brilliant, no, genuinely brilliant

Baddiel has forced me to think about my own shortcomings in thought. I will need to do a bit more research on the subject as I was and remain, extremely nieve on the subject.

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  • Alex McGill
  • 20-02-21

Throughoughly Good Listen

Honestly created and narrated with a timely response to the current societal climate. Perfectly framing the necessity to nurture equal weighting towards hate speech by way of compararitive example and personal experience. Jewish or not, this a great book for personal introspection and a commentary on current societal hypocrisy.

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  • Elliot
  • 16-04-21

A compelling but angry polemic

Well, Baddiel airs his cumulative but highly valid grievances to what is predominantly British covert antisemitism, grievances that pour out all over the pages of this short book. His points are well taken and well argued. But they will forever be lost on the English, whose antisemitism is centuries old, virulent, but more insidious these days than when Jews were expelled from Britain or put to the sword.

That antisemitism is now a characteristic of the left is an international phenomenon and a not a surprising one, justified by the left by citing the actions of Israel towards the Palestinians. But the actions of the “Zionists” are merely a cover for the endogenous baked-in British version of antisemitism, now expressible, what Progressivism previously would not countenance.

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  • Michael E. Hankin
  • 05-03-21

Insightful and nuanced

A concise and thoughtful exploration of the subtle anti semitism of the left, from a progressive. Eye opening in terms of the way the left can be better.
And a shockingly entertaining read.

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  • Lu Howard
  • 21-05-21

Insightful

A deep dive in how progressives and identity politics fail to see antisemitism as comparable to other marginalizations.

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  • Angel
  • 08-02-22

Plainly explaining the inexplicable.

That this was nessecery to write is an indictment on our generation. Pain and fear caused by passive racism is highlighted.

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  • Amy Shaprio
  • 02-09-21

Very validating and well done

Excellent explanation of something that's hard to put to words. It seems a shame that the people that might benefit most from it won't ever read it of their own volition. If you've ever felt the sting of anti-semitism but didn't quite know why your leftist friends didn't support you, this book is for you.

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  • Neil
  • 11-08-21

Essential listening

Essential listening for the student of anti semitism.. The book is updated and nails the problem.

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  • Annalise
  • 30-07-21

Nailed it.

David Baddiel absolutely nails the way in which anti-Semitism somehow, once again, has managed to claim a completely spurious moral high ground. Ostensibly, the claim of the book is more modest: to sow that anti-Semitism is not viewed in progressive circles as a significant kind of discrimination and is not seen as being linked to any kind of real disadvantage. However page after page reveals that what is really going on here is that anti-Semitism is once again free to wear the mantle of virtue, particularly among the progressive left. This is a powerful and persuasive if terrifying book and I am extremely grateful to the author for writing it. The attention to the subdued cultural character of British Jews as compared with American or even other European Jews is especially enlightening.

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  • R. Shapiro
  • 11-07-21

Excellent Book!

David Baddiel lays out in plain English why the hatred against Jews gets a pass, when no other racisms do. Narrated by the author, the book manages to be biting and funny at the same time. Well worth the read for anyone concerned about the rise in antisemitism.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-05-21

A Must Read

wow. just wow. if you want to commit yourself to antiracism, please pick this book up. Read (or in this case listen) to it all the way through. Amazing.