Savage Messiah: How Dr. Jordan Peterson Is Saving Western Civilization

Savage Messiah: How Dr. Jordan Peterson Is Saving Western Civilization

Savage Messiah: How Dr. Jordan Peterson Is Saving Western Civilization

Savage Messiah: How Dr. Jordan Peterson Is Saving Western Civilization


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A fascinating biography and in-depth look at the work of bestselling writer and psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson, by award-winning author Jim Proser.

Who is psychologist, professor, bestselling author, and YouTube personality Dr. Peterson? What does he believe in? Who are his followers? And why is he so controversial? These are among the many questions raised in this compelling, exhaustively researched account of his life—from Peterson’s early days as a religious-school student in small-town Canada to his tenure at Harvard to his headline-making persona of the present day.

In Savage Messiah, we meet an adolescent Peterson who, scoffing at the “fairy tales” being taught in his confirmation class, asks his minister how it’s possible to believe the Bible in light of modern scientific theory. Unsatisfied with the answer he’s been given, Peterson goes on to challenge other authority figures who stood in his way as he dared to define the world in his own terms. This won Peterson many enemies and more admirers than he could have dreamed of, particularly during the digital era, when his nontraditional views could be widely shared and critically discussed. Still, a fall from grace was never far behind.

Peterson had always preached the importance of free speech, which he believed was essential to finding life-saving personal meaning in our frequently nihilistic world. But when he dismissed Canadian parliament Bill C-16, one that compelled the use of newly-invented pronouns to address new gender identities, Peterson found himself facing a whole new world. Students targeted him as a gender bigot. Conservatives called him their hero. Soon Peterson was fixed firmly at the center of the culture wars—and there was no turning back.

With exclusive interviews of Dr. Peterson, as well as conversations with his family, friends, and associates, this book reveals the heart and mind, teachings and practices, of one of the most provocative voices of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250251428
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/21/2020
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 438,634
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 3.40(d)

About the Author

JIM PROSER’S first book, I’m Staying with My Boys: The Heroic Life of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC was awarded the United States Marine Corps Commandant’s Recommendation in 2011, and was referenced as source material for the HBO television series “The Pacific." Proser's No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy: The Life of General James Mattis has been nominated for the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's 2019 Col Joseph Alexander Award. Proser lives in Sarasota, FL.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Descent into Hell 3

Chapter 2 Through The Underworld 17

Chapter 3 Into the Belly of the Beast 35

Chapter 4 Return of the Hero 51

Chapter 5 Savagery 67

Chapter 6 Temptation 79

Chapter 7 A Comfy Nest of Vipers 95

Chapter 8 Child's Play 121

Chapter 9 Order and Chaos 137

Chapter 10 The Devouring Mother 149

Chapter 11 Reality and the Sacred 173

Chapter 12 The Intellectual Dark Web 201

Chapter 13 The Maelstrom 225

Chapter 14 Retaliation 257

Epilogue 317

Acknowledgments 323

Notes 325

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