Letters to a Young Contrarian

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Basic Books, Apr 28, 2009 - Religion - 160 pages
From bestselling author and provocateur Christopher Hitchens, the classic guide to the art of principled dissent and disagreement
In Letters to a Young Contrarian, bestselling author and world-class provocateur Christopher Hitchens inspires the radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, and angry young (wo)men of tomorrow. Exploring the entire range of "contrary positions"--from noble dissident to gratuitous nag--Hitchens introduces the next generation to the minds and the misfits who influenced him, invoking such mentors as Emile Zola, Rosa Parks, and George Orwell. As is his trademark, Hitchens pointedly pitches himself in contrast to stagnant attitudes across the ideological spectrum. No other writer has matched Hitchens's understanding of the importance of disagreement--to personal integrity, to informed discussion, to true progress, to democracy itself.
 

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User Review  - adam.currey - www.librarything.com

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

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
19
Section 4
27
Section 5
35
Section 6
41
Section 7
47
Section 8
53
Section 11
69
Section 12
79
Section 13
85
Section 14
95
Section 15
105
Section 16
115
Section 17
123
Section 18
127

Section 9
55
Section 10
61
Section 19
139
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About the author (2009)

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was a prolific author, columnist, editor, and book critic, writing on issues ranging from politics, to religion, to the nature of debate itself. He was a regular contributor to the Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, Slate, Harper's, and numerous other publications, as well as the recipient of the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction and the National Magazine Award. Hitchens's 2007 manifesto God Is Not Great was a #1 New York Times bestseller and a National Book Award finalist.