Christopher Hitchens is an immodest man with much to be immodest about, but can his Letters to a Young Contrarian be anything more than. Christopher Hitchens offers them the wisdom of a seasoned campaigner. Letters to a young contrarian. The spirit of may be a distant. Hitchens, a columnist for the Nation and Vanity Fair, and author, most recently, of The Trial of Henr.

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Moss can be existential in practice. But this 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. There are two basic ways to approach this book. His own powers of reason, christohper, were far less sharp than he seems to have supposed see his position on the war in Iraq.

Letters to a young contrarian

I cannot more highly recommend this book leyters any person who wants to think for themselves and stand apart from the crowd. The evasion of verbal conflict is a silly thing.

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Apparently meant for a younger student, nonetheless, I enjoy getting his ideas and language into my head. But how yojng think or you decide what to believe determines whether your ideas, your mind is slave a tradition, book or authority or you are–as Hitchens wants to you be–a freethinker who is skeptic and relies on logic and evidence for source of knowledge.

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There were some great momen I really, really wanted to like and enjoy this book. This book would be useful to anyone who wants to get involved in some field that requires strong debate or anyone who wants to get involved in almost any cause, christophee more controversial ones.


It can be understood from them that society, like a benign family, tolerates and even admires eccentricity. Unfortunately in this one he is not just the star, but the elevated hero, and great as Christopher Hitchens was my 5-star author hero.

I knew in my bones that a truly Bad Idea had entered the discourse. I often appear uninterested often enough, I amin what other people are saying to me, or I am insufferable and condescending. There’s just too much to be taken away from chrisgopher little gem of a book.

The true mark of an educated man isn’t in what he knows, but how well he’s able to share it. It happened many years ago when I was a college freshman, under the tutelage of philosophy professor, Gary Boelkins, at Marquette University in Milwaukee, as I began to grasp the concepts of Plato.

View all 12 comments. I have had the privilege of meeting a number chrkstopher brave dissidents in many and various societies. It is curious to see how Hitchens ended up being with Harris, Dawkins and Dennett in one camp, at least in the public imagination.

A Handbook for Living, an contrarrian and bestselling transcription of his own words:. There is no shame in this, and nobody needs me to reassure them of that. If you curistopher ever argued with a religious devotee, for example, you will have noticed that his self-esteem and pride are involved in lettefs dispute and that you are asking him to give up something more than a point in argument. Hitchens, a columnist for the Nation and Vanity Fairand author, most recently, of The Trial of Henry Kissingerhas made a career of disagreement lettesr dissent, of being the thorn in search of a side.

And it is not too much to say that humanity is very much in debt vhristopher such people, whether it chooses to acknowledge the debt or not. Still, my review will be a bit rusty and intellectually lazy because the sheer number of points and concepts touched upon in the book would require a book-length treatise to address. Hitchen-licious A mere conrtarian into the text, you can already tell what you’re getting in with this book.


Jul 21, Nate rated it it was amazing. I did not appreciate that behavior then, but do so now after reading this book.

Letters to a Young Contrarian : Christopher Hitchens :

I’ve mostly found Hitchens to be a suspect public intellectual. Looking for beautiful books? One feels something of the same sense of embarrassment in claiming to be an “intellectual” as one does in purporting to be a dissident, but christlpher figure of Emile Zola offers encouragement, and his singular campaign for justice for Dreyfus is one of the imperishable examples of what may be accomplished by an individual.

There is something awry when a well-rewarded columnist for Vanity Fair speaks of being “an exile or outcast on a remote shore. But the latter term is probably the superior one, since it makes an essential point about thinking for oneself.

That is unless you trust the transcendent sapience of the Dalai Lama, whose work I was reading in parallel with Huxley’s. Yet, it is not.

However, this can’t alter the fact that in life we make progress by conflict and in mental life by argument and disputation. Overall, I found his style stilted and stodgy, his referencing of Orwell and Chgistopher and the like unexciting and expected, and his name-dropping of dear friends Rushdie, Amis, McEwan insecure.

Book ratings by Goodreads. He is sorely missed.