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The Smallest Minority

Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics
Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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"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).

Listener 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.

©2019 Kevin Williamson (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc,. all rights reserved.

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  • Sean
  • 19-09-2019

Brutally honest, accurate and relevant

The most detailed, nuanced and bitingly accurate description of the current American social and political landscape that one could, and should, choose to read.

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  • Nicholas England
  • 23-09-2019

Kevin D. Williamson at his best

If you enjoy Kevin D. Williamson's writing then this won't disappoint. He remains as insightful as ever and incredibly cutting to the ludicrousness of the culture he criticizes.

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  • J. J.
  • 22-09-2019

a scorcher

Unapologetically high-minded and vulgar. Also the best argument for "making satan great again" I've read.

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  • kindle customer
  • 02-11-2019

Love Williamson's Writing, Less Keen on the Voice

A very enjoyable, thought provoking, well written book. While I think the voice actor did a good job, I don't think he would be my first choice.

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  • Justin Shoemaker
  • 15-10-2019

Great book, decent performance

Wonderful book. Kevin Williamson is brilliant. The rhetorical punch, humor, and eloquence to express the things I’ve often felt about democracy and felt guilty for. Erudite and hilariously irreverent indictment of the mob—the demos of democracy. A defense of the libertarian ideal against the often absurd tyranny of “majority rules,” in government or in culture. Performed well enough, but with some mistakes and oddly read sentences.

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  • Rebekah
  • 13-11-2019

Absolutely Brilliant

An absolutely brilliant book. This is Kevin’s best writing to date-incredibly sharp wordsmithery that even longtime readers won’t expect to be so well done. Unlike my last sentence… At times hopeful and at times very cynical, this is the writing of somebody who has stuck his chin out there and taking a few shots to that same chin. The book covers a lot of history in just six hours of listening, but Kevin is able to string an incredibly convincing narrative together throughout. The narrator also did an excellent job. While I had hoped that Kevin himself would have read the book, Stephen Graybill gave a very solid performance capturing Williamson’s voice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-2019

Get to the point already

Rambling prose and distracting analogies will make it exceedingly difficult for all but the most diligent listeners to discern anything resembling a coherent point. Grab a hard copy instead, and be ready to take notes.

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  • Evanique L. Lindsey
  • 27-09-2019

This is awful

There is no point to this book. I returned it after Chapter 2. The author uses language that is difficult to understand for no other reason than to appear intelligent.

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  • Kenneth Malone
  • 25-10-2019

Big disappointment

Just a pompous douche firing in all directions blissfully unaware that he is very much like the masturbating poo flinging monkeys he references... only with a "oh so much better than you vocabulary that obscures his points rather than elucidates.

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  • Nick
  • 03-10-2019

Really tough to listen to

It's a tough book to listen to and I tried several times (I made it about 1/2 way through). I was open to consider the right-of-center thinking (hence why I bought it) and commentary, but after a while I had to delete it from my library as I found it a bit offensive (when he began comparing antifa and the USSR communists who were employed to torture political prisoners ['they were anti-fascist, too . . . .], I'd had enough).

Subject matter and your own political leanings aside, if you are interested in the book, I would recommend reading it and not listening to it. The paragraphs are rather dense and not as easy to follow on audio with one political reference after another (with sarcastic jibe lobbed in followed by obscure psychology quotes).

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