Art of Mentoring

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The Art of Mentoring series was a series of books published by Basic Books from 2001 to 2008, beginning with Alan Dershowitz's Letters to a Young Lawyer and Christopher Hitchens' Letters to a Young Contrarian. The books were all titled in the form "Letters to a Young ____", in the spirit of Rainer Maria Rilke's book Letters to a Young Poet. They were meant to be relatively short guides to various occupations or life paths for someone starting out in that field, from the point of view of an expert.

The series was the brainchild of John Donatich, who was the publisher at Basic Books from 1997 to 2003.[1]

The following books were published in the series:

Other books, like Wynton Marsalis's To a Young Jazz Musician: Letters from the Road (2004), William Sloane Coffin's Letters to a Young Doubter (2005), Hill Harper's Letters to a Young Brother (2006) and Jonathan Kozol's Letters to a Young Teacher (2007), though they share the structure and naming style of the series, and may have been inspired by it, were not part of the Art of Mentoring series.

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