Letters to A Young Contrarian

Letters to A Young Contrarian

eBook - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
In a collection of essays and meditations, the popular columnist for "Vanity Fair" and "The Nation" shares his thoughts on the art of being contrary, celebrating the roles of radicals, mavericks, rebels, and dissidents in promoting political, social, and cultural debate.

Perseus Publishing
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.

A witty, wise, biting, and completely individual meditation on what it means to think, live, and be to the contrary.


Publisher: New York : BasicBooks ; [London] : [Perseus Running, distributor], 2005
ISBN: 078673907X (electronic bk.)
9780786739073 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 168 HIT
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 141 pages)

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