Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens

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Letters to a Young Contrarian Read Online Free - In the book that he was born to write, provocateur and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, angry young (wo)men, and dissidents. Who better to speak to that person who finds him or herself in a contrarian position than Hitchens, who has made a career of disagreeing in profound and entertaining ways.This book explores the entire range of "contrary positions"-from noble dissident to gratuitous pain in the butt. In an age of overly polite debate bending over backward to reach a happy consensus within an increasingly centrist political dialogue, Hitchens pointedly pitches himself in contrast. He bemoans the loss of the skills of dialectical thinking evident in contemporary society. He understands the importance of disagreement-to personal integrity, to informed discussion, to true progress-heck, to democracy itself. Epigrammatic, spunky, witty, in your face, timeless and timely, this book is everything you would expect from a mentoring contrarian.

Title : Letters to a Young Contrarian
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ISBN : 0465030335
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 141 pages


Jacob J. rated it ★★★★★

May 24, 2017

Death hath wrought a pernicious dent in the erudite and intellectual world; Hitchens will not be one to be soon forgotten, nor ever replaced (but emulated, definitely). Let me stop you before you roll your eyes. Yes, I am providing my belated, unasked-for, and pedantic tribute to the late Hitch,...

Petra X rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 31, 2016

Christopher Hitchens was my 5-star author hero. Everything he wrote I had to ration how much I read at a time so I could savour his writing, his pronouncements, his humour and his wisdom. This book was but a pale shadow of his others and I couldn't finish it. I may one day pick it up again. Althou...

Carlo rated it ★★★★★

July 09, 2013

It is curious to see how Hitchens ended up being with Harris, Dawkins and Dennett in one camp, at least in the public imagination. I think it is crucial to flesh out the difference between the other three figures on one hand and Hitchens on the other. While the three champion (though it is arguab...

Matt rated it ★★★★★

February 28, 2017

The book I've probably read more times than any other. I consistently go back to it when in times of crisis or when I need a mental recharging. The thing I love about Hitchens is the fact that no matter what you think about him, he has lived a full life. There's no stone unturned intellectually,...

M. rated it ★★★★★

August 20, 2014

Through the years reading Christopher Hitchens has been hit or miss for me. Mortality was amazing, but many other works basically unaccessible to me perhaps because they are all too cerebral and the subjects fail to interest me. I remember Hitchens on a Bill Maher show on HBO where he was a guest...

Sam rated it ★★★★★

October 14, 2008

I loved reading this book. There's probably no political commentary I enjoy reading (or watching, for that matter) more than that of Christopher Hitchens. No one is quite as good at being condescending and disagreeable and intelligent and hilarious all at once. His talent for making people look s...

Lee rated it ★★★☆☆

August 29, 2014

I could extract a handful of great quotations but generally found its subtlety muddled and the italicized foreign phrases snotty and maybe he used "tautology" too often for me to really get all psyched? How many times can "extirpate" be used too? A proper contrarian wouldn't unconditionally appla...

Evan rated it ★★★★★

June 07, 2016

Every once in awhile one's brain gets a kick-start and sometimes the resulting vibration opens a stubbornly closed door. Revelations ensue. It happened many years ago when I was a college freshman, under the tutelage of philosophy 101 professor, Gary Boelkins, at Marquette University in Milwaukee,...

Zach rated it ★★★★☆

July 16, 2007

I loved Hitch before Iraq 2. I'm coming back around to him, but I just pretend he has no opinion on the occupation.

Jessica rated it ★★★☆☆

October 06, 2015

Hitchens makes some great points, however his flowery wording made it hard to keep my concentration. I felt like I was studying for school instead of actually enjoying what I was reading.

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