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How Not To Be Wrong

The Art of Changing Your Mind

James O'Brien

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Watkins Publishing
20 October 2020
Society & Social Sciences; Politics & government; Demonstrations & protest movements; Press & journalism
There's no point having a mind if you're not willing to change itJames O'Brien has built well over a million loyal listeners to his radio show by dissecting the opinions of callers live on air, every day. But winning the argument doesn't necessarily mean you're right.In this deeply personal book, James turns the mirror on himself to reveal what he has changed his mind about and why, and explore how examining and changing our own views is our new civic duty in a world of outrage, disagreement and echo chambers. He writes candidly about the stiff upper lip attitudes and toxic masculinity that coloured his childhood, and the therapy and personal growth that have led him question his assumptions and explore new perspectives. Laying open his personal views on everything from racial prejudice to emotional vulnerability, from fat-shaming to tattoos, he then delves into the real reasons - often irrational or unconscious - he holds them.Unflinchingly honest, revealing and funny, How Not to Be Wrong is a tonic for a world more divided than ever and a personal manifesto for a better way of thinking and living.Because after all, if we can't change our own minds we'll never really be able to change anyone else's.
By:   James O'Brien
Imprint:   Watkins Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   240g
ISBN:   9780753558713
ISBN 10:   0753558718
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   20 October 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

James O'Brien is an award-winning writer and broadcaster whose journalism has appeared everywhere from the TLS to the Daily Mirror. Best known for his daily current affairs programme on the radio station LBC, with over 1.2 million weekly listeners, he has also presented and appeared on a variety of TV shows including Newsnight and Have I Got News For You? His first book, How To Be Right, was a Sunday Times bestseller and won a Parliamentary Book Award after selling over 200,000 copies across all formats. He is often to be found on twitter discussing the burning issues of the day.

Reviews for How Not To Be Wrong: The Art of Changing Your Mind

Highly personal and confessional, yet also a passionate and brilliantly argued appeal against the dangerous tribalism of our times -- David Olusoga The conscience of liberal Britain * New Statesman * An admirably personal guide to the lost art of changing your mind. James showed me how often a change of mind is really a change of heart -- Marina Hyde James is more right than ever -- particularly in our entrenched, binary thinking culture -- about the importance of being able to admit to being wrong -- David Baddiel Simply brilliant ... Its calm but brutal honesty makes for compelling reading. This book is needed now more than ever -- The Secret Barrister


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