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Letters to a young contrarian

By: Hitchens, Christopher

0465030335 / 9780465030330
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21 cm xiv, 141 p.
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Reprint. Originally published: Oxford: Perseus; New York: Basic, 2001.

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. Ranging broadly in subject matter, these brief, intellectual primers to life are a stimulating read for anyone who wants to experience the insights, wisdom and advice of today's leading minds.

Now available for the first time in handsome and affordable new paperback editions.


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