Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality

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Picador, 1996 - Homosexuality - 225 pages
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No issue seems to divide Western society more passionately and more deeply than homosexuality. Is homosexuality immoral? Should homosexuals be allowed to serve in the armed forces? Should they be allowed to marry? In this path-breaking book Andrew Sullivan takes on these and many other questions. Whatever your view about homosexuality, he tries to talk you out of it. 'Sullivan writes from the kind of recognisable, heartfelt experience whose truthfulness is greater than that of any statistic or poll. He brings rigour, sanity and courage to what is often both an impasse and a brawl' Michael Ratcliffe, Observer 'He was without a natural consistency. He has built one by the force of his own personality, his arguments, and his talent. He is a valiant man. And this is a valiant book . . . I disagree with almost every word. But none who reads Virtually Normal will find it less than stimulating, penetrating and moving' Matthew Parris, The Times 'Its simplicity and integrity give it a quality I can only describe as noble' Rupert Christiansen, Spectator 'Virtually Normal is not just some primer for a political struggle, but the product of a long and hard-won personal fight. As such, this book moves hearts as well as minds' James Collard, Independent on Sunday

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From the first page, one gets the impression that something important is happening here: this is a level-headed, clearly argued discussion of gay rights, the homosexual, and society. The author ... Read full review

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The author's characterization and explanation of the four main arguments about homosexuality were interesting and rang true, but much of the book was written in political and psychological jargon that went over my head. Definitely a good read if you are interested in law about homosexuality. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Andrew Sullivan was born in southern England on August 10, 1963. He attended Magdalen College, Oxford, where he took a first in modern history and modern languages. In 1984, he won a Harkness Fellowship to Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He interned at the Centre for Policy Studies, where he wrote a policy paper on the environment entitled Greening the Tories. He received a master's degree in public administration and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. His doctoral thesis, Intimations Pursued: The Voice of Practice in the Conversation of Michael Oakeshott, won the government department prize. He was a senior editor of The New Republic, a contributor to the New York Times Magazine, and a columnist for The Sunday Times (London). He is the author of several books including Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality, Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con, and Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex and Survival. He is one of the world's most widely read bloggers.

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