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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
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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
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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?

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    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.


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

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    "Great book"

    "The grave will offer plenty of time for silence."

    This is a fantastically reassuring book for those with contrarian beleifs.

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    JonKear 06-08-17
    JonKear 06-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "One of my all-time favorites."

    Letters to a young contrarian is the greatest distillation of Hitch. Pick this title up to begin your way down the rabbit hole.

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    N crispell 05-29-17
    N crispell 05-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "It's just excellent"

    brilliantly written and performed. An excellent pairing of Hitchen's writing with Adams reading. I am pleased that Hitchen's work has been honored in this way.

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    "Hitchens in top form"

    I've read Hitchens on Kissinger, Clinton, Mother Teresa and on Jefferson, Paine and Orwell as well as his autobiography, his polemic against religion and innumerable shorter essays. They are all excellent but this one particularly stands out for its wealth of incisive commentary on the key themes of his life's work. The brevity adds to the force of his style.

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    Abishek Hariharan 04-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it!"

    Brilliant and very pertinent in the landscape of 2017. There's valuable advice in there for all generations.

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    Jared F. 03-23-17
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    "Narrator Sounds Like Hitch"

    This book is a timely listen for our present surge back into the populism mire.

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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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