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As a progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging intractable political differences, learning how to talk civilly to people whose views she disagrees with passionately. Famously "nice", she even gave a TED Talk about what she termed emotional correctness. But these days, even Kohn has found herself wanting to breathe fire at her enemies. It was time, she decided, to look into the ugliness erupting all around us.

In The Opposite of Hate, Kohn talks to leading scientists and researchers, investigating the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate and how simple incivility can be a gateway to much worse. She travels to Rwanda, to the Middle East, and across the United States, introducing us to terrorists, white supremacists, and even some of her own Twitter trolls, drawing surprising lessons from these dramatic examples - including inspiring stories of those who left hate behind.

As Kohn boldly confronts her own shameful moments, whether it's the girl she bullied as a child or her own deep partisan resentment, she points the way toward change. No one is more poised to lead us out of this wilderness of hate than Sally Kohn. Her engaging, fascinating, and often funny book will open your eyes and your heart.

©2018 Sally Kohn (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Profoundly insightful, important, and digestible.

What a masterpiece! At just the moment needed, Ms Kohn has provided a deep and wide-ranging inquiry into hate, conflict, divisions - and the way out. Should be required reading for anyone living in a society - anywhere. Fundamental insight.

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  • Jean
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  • 05-10-18

I needed this book..We ALL need this book.

Not since Van Jone's "Beyond the Messy Truth" have I been so strongly moved by honest discussion about how we all contribute to the sad state of affairs between people. Sally Kohn provides compelling anecdotes, research data and solutions to our worldwide problem of creating hate. Fortunately, she skips the traditional finger pointing, choosing to focus on our tribal survival programming as the culprit. I feel renewed commitment to catch myself creating separation between "people like me" and "the other". Thank you Sally. Thank you to everyone who reads The Opposite of Hate.

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the solution is found in conversation

Fascinating topic, that is certainly timely and urgent. Sally Kohn does a great review not only of the literature and science of hate, oppression, and reparation, but she also provides a succinct and compelling argument for Bridging the Gap. it is through maintaining our diversity, but connecting along the lines of our commonality, that we create and maintain a sense of oneness, and as such lay the foundation two working together against hate and towards humanity..