Letters to a Young Contrarian

Letters to a Young Contrarian

Book rating: 05 Paperback Art of Mentoring (Paperback)

By (author) Christopher Hitchens

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  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 198mm x 13mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 12 April 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0465030335
  • ISBN 13: 9780465030330
  • Edition statement: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Sales rank: 2,713

Product description

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.

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Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. His numerous books include Letters to a Young Contrarian and Why Orwell Matters.

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By A Sopov 10 Jan 2014 5

As an Australian fifteen year-old thoroughly undernourished in terms of a commendable government (I suffer under what can only be described a demagogical anti-proletariat of a leader), Letters To a Young Contrarian was both inspiring and an analgesic to my aforementioned hardship.

Hitchens, through a clever epistolary format, discusses his dissident heroes, the importance of wit and the, well, unimportance of religion, among many other relevant and engaging topics. Utilising his superior intellect coupled with his fierce indignation, Hitchens provides contrarians, old and young alike, with a refreshing view on life.

This book was my introduction to Hitchens as an author, and I look forward to pursuing his other literary works (namely God Is Not Great).

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"Hitchens is expanding his influence, showing the next generation how to 'think independently'." - USA Today"