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Letters to a Young Contrarian Audiobook

Letters to a Young Contrarian

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    jared 02-23-16
    jared 02-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Hitchens is absolutely incredible"

    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.

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    Quentin 11-13-12
    Quentin 11-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Intellectual and Entertaining"
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    Classic Hitchens - well written and highly cerebral. The book has a few dull or repetitive moments but in general is a great listen. As the title states, the book is aimed at young people, especially those who want to think for themselves and draw unpopular conclusions.

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    David Okemos, MI, United States 08-20-12
    David Okemos, MI, United States 08-20-12
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    "Great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Letters to a Young Contrarian to be better than the print version?

    I don't know


    What did you like best about this story?

    It feels like I'm having a conversation with Christopher Hitchens about argumentation.


    What does James Adams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He sounds a bit like Christopher himself, so it feels more intimate


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    He talks about courage at times, and that was moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an entertaining and informative listen. I highly recommend it!

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    Inspiration_007 12-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Christopher Hitchens is a writer par excellence!"

    essential reading for a young contrarian. many insights for oratory and prose! thanks to the genius called the Hitch!

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    Mark 09-30-16
    Mark 09-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth hearing more than once.."

    Hitchens is much more than an author, he is an educator like no other. Listen carefully with dictionary at the ready.

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    Brandon Schlepp 03-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic Hitch"

    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!

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    Julia 12-30-14
    Julia 12-30-14 Member Since 2015

    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?

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    "Interesting"

    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.

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    Arturo Zapopan, Mexico 04-28-14
    Arturo Zapopan, Mexico 04-28-14
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    "Hitchens being Hitchens"

    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.

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    Eric 05-23-13
    Eric 05-23-13
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    "You'll love it"
    What made the experience of listening to Letters to a Young Contrarian the most enjoyable?

    The work's content is so engaging!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Christopher's musings immortalized within, for all time.


    What does James Adams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    James does a great job narrating this work very articulately.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Christopher's contrarian thoughts, and interesting experiences he faced throughout his life.


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    linda United States 02-12-13
    linda United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "christopher hitchens lives on"
    Would you listen to Letters to a Young Contrarian again? Why?

    yes. I like the way he thinks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Letters to a Young Contrarian?

    His discussion of his time in Bosnia during that war


    Which character – as performed by James Adams – was your favorite?

    n/a


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Always look for the truth.....which may take a long time


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