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about the book
At a moment when we are facing a crisis of hate, division and and incivility—a crisis that only seems to be getting worse—popular TV commentator Sally Kohn sets out to discover why we hate and how can stop it.
In The Opposite of Hate, Kohn talks to leading scientists and researchers, investigating the evolutionary and cultural roots of how and why we demean and dehumanize each other. She travels to Rwanda, the Middle East, and across the US, introducing us to former terrorists, ex-neo Nazis, and even some of her own Twitter trolls, drawing surprising lessons from these dramatic examples — including unbelievable stories of those who left hate behind. And Kohn boldly confronts her own shameful moments, from being a childhood bully in the past to her own struggles with partisan hate and unconscious bias today.
For those looking for a silver lining amidst the rising storms of otherizing and divisiveness, the revised paperback edition of The Opposite Of Hate couldn’t come at a better time. The paperback edition includes a Q&A with the author and a forward by attorney and The View co-host Sunny Hostin.
praise for THE OPPOSITE OF HATE
“Kohn is funny and warm as she shares the best ways to shift the hate and dissolve the barriers between those of us with divergent views.”
“Brilliantly illustrates the immense and disarming power of changing course and driving not toward division, but toward civility and mutual respect.”
“[Kohn] never preaches but rather approaches each story with humility. This book offers unique, smart, and poignant guidance for the emotionally mired times we’re living in.”
“Kohn is a thoughtful, empathetic reporter whose insights aren’t just timely—they feel necessary to our survival.”
“I wanted to understand the hate that seemed to be engulfing the planet.”
from THE OPPOSITE OF HATE
Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America today. A television commentator, first on Fox News and then CNN, Sally worked for over 15 years as a community organizer. Sally's writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, New York Magazine, More Magazine, RollingStone.com, Elle.com, USA Today, Time, Afar Magazine and many other outlets. She's also a popular keynote speaker and frequently leads media and speaking skills workshops for grassroots activists and corporate leaders. MORE >>
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more praise for THE OPPOSITE OF HATE
"A stunning debut by a truly gifted writer—an eye-opening read for both liberals and conservatives—and it could not come at a better time."
— Adam Grant, author of Option B and Give and Take
"This is a must-read book for all of us at this moment in history. I’m grateful for Sally Kohn’s clear voice and vision in showing us the way forward."
— Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love
"A testament to the power of understanding others deeply, the book reminds us that even those we disagree with vehemently have a perspective and orientation that we can learn from as we work to make the world better."
— DeRay Mckesson, activist
“Sally Kohn has really done it this time. Brilliant.”
— Sarah Silverman, comedian
"Sally and I agree on very little politically, but somehow in spite of that, we have navigated a friendship that transcends everything else. This book explains it all!”