The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity Audiobook, by Kwame Anthony Appiah Play Audiobook Sample

The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity Audiobook

The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity Audiobook, by Kwame Anthony Appiah Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Kwame Anthony Appiah Publisher: Highbridge Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781684413577

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Longest Chapter Length:

57:39 minutes

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05:43 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

33:42 minutes

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We all know how identities—notably, those of nationality, class, culture, race, and religion—are at the root of global conflict, but the more elusive truth is that these identities are created by conflict in the first place. In provocative, entertaining chapters, Kwame Anthony Appiah interweaves keen-edged argument with engrossing historical tales—from Anton Wilhelm Amo, the eighteenth-century African child who became an eminent European academic, to Italo Svevo, the literary genius who changed countries without leaving home—and reveals the tangled contradictions within the stories that define us. The concept of the sovereign nation, Appiah shows us, is incoherent. Our everyday notions of race are the detritus of discarded science; the very idea of Western culture is a shimmering mirage. These beliefs, and more, are crafted from confusions—confusions Appiah sorts through to imagine a more hopeful future.

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“In this clear-eyed, erudite study, the NYU professor and New York Times columnist—half Ghanaian, half British—probes chimeras of religion, ethnicity, and class, coalescing a lifetime of contemplating ‘identity’ into a manifesto on connection and solidarity.”

— O, The Oprah Magazine 


  • “Appiah believes we’re in wars of identity because we keep making the same mistake: exaggerating our differences with others and our similarities with our own kind…We need more thinkers as wise as Appiah.”

    — New York Times Book Review (cover review)
  • “Excellent…Appiah hopes to inspire a rethinking of our restrictive and therefore divisive notions of who we are.”

    — Washington Post


  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

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About Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah pens the Ethicist column for the New York Times, and is the author of the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism, among many other works. A professor of philosophy and law at New York University, Appiah lives in New York.