A witty, wise, biting, and completely individual meditation on what it means to think, live, and be to the contrary.
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.
©2005 Christopher Hitchens (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"[T]his mini-manifesto, despite the somewhat mountainous terrain, should provide readers interested in current events and anti-establishment philosophy with a clearer view into one of today's more restless and provocative minds." (Publishers Weekly)
I don't know
It feels like I'm having a conversation with Christopher Hitchens about argumentation.
He sounds a bit like Christopher himself, so it feels more intimate
He talks about courage at times, and that was moving.
This was an entertaining and informative listen. I highly recommend it!
We love Hitchens for his erudition, but he's an intellectual rock star by way of his wilting oratorical pugilism.
So a vocal performance of Hitchens' memoir poses a special challenge of interpretation.
Sadly, to admire Adams for his effete, rather shallow aristocratic impression of Christopher would be to lend too much to Chris's bravura hauteur at the expense of his ideas.
Phony smarty-pants emoting betrays prose; apes the tone; while glaringly failing to convey comprehension of the material.
Audible needs to find people who know about the authors; know what they're actually reading about. Otherwise it's like watching community theatre: cheep incompetent nauseating corruption.
Hitchens' vocabulary is expansive so keep a dictionary handy, but he's amazingly insightful. This book is essential to anyone who finds themselves in the minority. Whether you're an atheist in America, a vegetarian speaking out against factory farming, or an LGBT individual fighting for your social rights, this book is a must read.
This is one of the greatest examples of Hitch at his best and in his element. A wonderful arrangement of worldly advice, recollections of life experiences, and prime quotes from the library of works Hitch read in his lifetime. A must read for all truth seekers and intellectuals out there!
I live every day as if it will be my last. This is why my clothes are wrinkled. Let's face it. Who wants to spend their last day on earth ironing?
It took me 2 tries to finish this short book. Mood is everything when listening to a curmudgeon. Worth the listen if you've become too sure of yourself and your motives.
One word: Hitchen-licious
A mere minute into the audiobook, you can already tell what you're getting in with this. Because of that, I found the book to be neither a great failure nor a great success. Rather, I felt it as just Hitchens being Hitchens, in all his witty-commentaries, thought-provoking ideas, and his sometimes repetitive arguments. James Adams does a great job narrating this book, he even injects the same cockiness of Hitchens' peculiar way of expressing himself into the narration, a welcomed feature that quickly makes you forget it is not Hitchens himself who is speaking to you.
However, what I realize is that I've grown to think of Hitchens as a sort of chocolate flavor. Great, enjoyable, smooth on the tongue, but highly predictable. Make no mistake, he doesn't wastes one's time, as chocolate also doesn't wastes one's time. But I found the book to be more of a reminder than a discovery, more of a visit to the familiar contrarian lands of my early teens than an exciting adventure to unknown lands. More chocolate than strawberry/pistachio, more spaghetti than focaccia. You get my drift.
So in conclusion, I do recommend it, but perhaps I would recommend it more to those who haven't read or heard a thing about Hitchens before. I have the feeling this would be a good introduction to this fascinating character of contrarian history.
The work's content is so engaging!
Christopher's musings immortalized within, for all time.
James does a great job narrating this work very articulately.
Christopher's contrarian thoughts, and interesting experiences he faced throughout his life.
Less pretentious tone. Less rambling would be good too.
If you listen closely you can take away something, though not much.
Put this book in its on category "For Intellecutals Only"
yes. I like the way he thinks.
His discussion of his time in Bosnia during that war
Always look for the truth.....which may take a long time
The mind of Christopher Hitchens.
I would have rather Christopher read it himself. James Adams sounds like a blow-hard.
No, James Adams must be taken in small doses.
In all honesty I haven't finished listening to the book - I will have to read it on my kindle.
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