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The Opposite of Hate

A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity
Narrated by: Sally Kohn
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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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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Mixed Feelings

Some parts of the book were very interesting and she clearly did a lot of research to support her claims. But I remember strongly disagreeing with, or not identifying with things she was saying - basically just having a hard time buying it. And once that happens, I stop; so I didn't finish the book. There are way too many other things I want to do with my time. Finishing mediocre books isn't one of them. (I wouldn't call it outright bad.) The narrator's style also took some getting used too (also happens to be the author). That alone almost caused me to stop near the beginning of the book. But eventually, I became ok with her voice.

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  • Carmelo
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  • 08-27-18

a truthful look at hate

the secret to completing this book is keeping your mind open to what is being said. It is Well written and has marvelous if not horrific examples of hate. There's even a way to address people who you do not agree with completely on ideas that evoke a negative or positive response. Enjoy this book and ruminate on its message. Sincerely, Carmelo.

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Excellent product! Oneness via inclusion.

It validates my perception of Oneness, built by inclusion to diminish exclusion, through practices of connection.

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Yes!!!!!!

Everyone should listen to this!!! The beginning is a little rough but the rest pulls it all together!! I’m so glad I listened. It moved me and educated me on how to educate generations of past hate and how to change thought patterns for the future leaders of our world.

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You should read (open mindedness)

Fantastic research in the book. Gives you pause to reflect on how we live. Can be controversial, but recommended. Provocative.

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No matter your political affiliation....

This book will teach you AT LEAST one thing... if not 50. We can learn more about reconciliation by examining hate, than love. That sounds hopeless, but it’s not.

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excellent!

I absolutely loved this book, it was so eye opening. there was so much information I will have to listen a second and third time to really comprehend the deep lesson taught in this book. I'm very grateful for this book.

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Enlightening

I've always considered myself an unbiased person and truly loved how she brought a new understanding in me that my first reaction to individuals may contradict this. I am more aware of this and will strive to bring connection in my community. We need the Opposite of Hate in this world now more than ever and you won't regret listening to her emphatic narration.

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Excellent Work!

I must admit, I was infuriated when I heard her tedtalk because I "hate" bullies, yet she seemed so sincere (and don't go for tears that much these days) in her need to do something about the rancor she spread that undoubtedly been passed on by another as unaware as herself it intrigued me. So after cussing the screen at hearing her story of being a bully I dared to give listen to my own would be antagonist and I not only loved the book but it has inspired me to learn more about the subject. Thanks.