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The Smallest Minority

Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics

Kevin D Williamson



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Gateway Editions
23 July 2019
Politics & government; Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies; Central government
The most profane, hilarious, and insightful book I've read in quite a while. -- BEN SHAPIRO Kevin Williamson's gonzo merger of polemic, autobiography, and batsh*t craziness is totally brilliant. -- JOHN PODHORETZ, Commentary Ideological minorities - including the smallest minority, the individual - can get trampled by the unity stampede (as my friend Kevin Williamson masterfully elucidates in his new book, The Smallest Minority). -- JONAH GOLDBERG The Smallest Minority is the perfect antidote to our heedless age of populist politics. It is a book unafraid to tell the people that they're awful. -- NATIONAL REVIEW Williamson is blistering and irreverent, stepping without doubt on more than a few toes--but, then again, that's kind of the point. -- THE NEW CRITERION Stylish, unrestrained, and straight from the mind of a pissed-off genius. -- THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON Kevin Williamson is shocking and brutal (RUTH MARCUS, Washington Post), a total jack**s (WILL SALETAN, Slate), and totally reprehensible (PAUL KRUGMAN, New York Times).

Reader beware: Kevin D. Williamson--the lively, literary firebrand from National Review who was too hot for The Atlantic to handle--comes to bury democracy, not to praise it. With electrifying honesty and spirit, Williamson takes a flamethrower to mob politics, the beast with many heads that haunts social media and what currently passes for real life. It's destroying our capacity for individualism and dragging us down the Road to Smurfdom, the place where the deracinated demos of the Twitter age finds itself feeling small and blue.

The Smallest Minority is by no means a memoir, though Williamson does reflect on that tawdry little episode with The Atlantic in which he became all-too-intimately acquainted with mob outrage and the forces of tribalism.

Rather, this book is a dizzying tour through a world you'll be horrified to recognize as your own. With biting appraisals of social media ( an economy of Willy Lomans, political hustlers ( that certain kind of man or woman...who will kiss the collective ass of the mob ), journalists ( a contemptible union of neediness and arrogance ) and identity politics ( identity is more accessible than policy, which requires effort ), The Smallest Minority is a defiant, funny, and terrifyingly insightful book about what we human beings have done to ourselves.
By:   Kevin D Williamson
Imprint:   Gateway Editions
Dimensions:   Height: 231mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781621579687
ISBN 10:   1621579689
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   23 July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kevin D. Williamson is a reporter and columnist for the New York Post and National Review. His work has appeared everywhere from the Washington Post to Academic Questions to Playboy. He began his journalism career at the Bombay-based Indian Express Newspaper Group. He has served as the theater critic for The New Criterion and taught at The King's College, New York. He is also the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism.

Reviews for The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics

Shocking and brutal... also intellectually honest. --Ruth Marcus Washington Post Kevin Williamson can be a total jackass. He has also written some of the sharpest, most insightful work I've read. Some folks are complicated that way. --Will Saletan Slate Kevin Williamson's gonzo merger of polemic, autobiography, and bats--t craziness is totally brilliant. --John Podhoretz Commentary Disrespectful, impertinent, snide, insulting, and hurtful--in short, everything I look for in a writer. --Nick Searcy actor Truly reprehensible. --Paul Krugman New York Times An ogre. --Jack Shafer Politico Unemployable. --Rich Lowry National Review He's not one of the most talented conservative writers in America. He's one of the most talented writers in America. ... and that's why he can't work here. --Jeffrey Goldberg editor in chief, The Atlantic

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