Letters To A Young Contrarian

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Basic Books, Nov 15, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
"In the book that he quite possibly was born to write, provocateur and bestselling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, angry young (wo)men and dissidents. Who better to speak to that person pitched at an angle of passionate disagreement against the lazy consensus than Hitchens, who has made a career of disagreeing in profound and entertaining ways?" "This book explores the entire range of "contrary positions," invoking mentors such as Emile Zola, Rosa Parks and Vaclav Havel. What they have in common is a commitment to living and thinking, right now, in a society not as it is but as it might be. Hitchens bemoans the loss of the skills of dialectical thinking evident in contemporary society and the sacrifice of true irony, satire and other forms of critical style. He understands the importance of disagreement - to personal integrity, to informed discussion, to true progress - to democracy itself."--Jacket.

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User Review  - adam.currey - LibraryThing

Written with Hitchens' trademark skill, but I suspect of limited appeal to most. From the back cover: "In Letters To A Young Contrarian, [...] Christopher Hitchens [...] inspires the radicals ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael_Rose - LibraryThing

Hitchens did not view himself as a "contrarian", a person arguing against a position simply for the sake of argument (and thus, a person with no real standards), and was "contrarian" towards that part ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

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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