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Read online Letters to a Young Contrarian.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Letters to a Young Contrarian 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 by Christopher Hitchens

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Letters to a Young Contrarian
Title:Letters to a Young Contrarian
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ISBN:0465030335
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Number of Pages:141
Category:Non fiction, Philosophy, Politics, Essays, Religion, Atheism
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Letters to a Young Contrarian, Hitch-22: A Memoir, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Arguably: Selected Essays, Thomas Jefferson: Author of America, Mortality, The Trial of Henry Kissinger, Why Orwell Matters, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
Over the course of his years Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U S war against Islamic extremism in Iraq He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world s most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature He is a fervent atheist raised as a Christian by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide br br In other words Christopher Hitchens contains multitudes He sees all sides of an argument And he believes the personal is political br br This is the story of his life lived large, From the New York Times best selling author of i God Is Not Great i a provocative and entertaining guided tour of atheist and agnostic thought through the ages with never before published pieces by Salman Rushdie Ian McEwan and Ayaan Hirsi Ali Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first ever gathering of the influential voices past and present that have shaped his side of the current and raging God no god debate br br With Hitchens as your erudite and witty guide you ll be led through a wealth of philosophy literature and scientific inquiry including generous portions of the words of Lucretius Benedict de Spinoza Charles Darwin Karl Marx Mark Twain George Eliot Bertrand Russell Emma Goldman H L Mencken Albert Einstein Daniel Dennett Sam Harris Richard Dawkins and many others well known and lesser known And they re all set in context and commented upon as only Christopher Hitchens political and literary journalist extraordinaire can i Los Angeles Times i br br Atheist Believer Uncertain No matter i The Portable Atheist i will speak to you and engage you every step of the way, The first new book of essays by Christopher Hitchens since i Arguably i offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers widely admired for the clarity of his style a result of his disciplined and candid thinking br br Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the haunting science fiction of J G Ballard from the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell to the persistent agonies of anti Semitism and jihad Hitchens even looks at the recent financial crisis and argues for the enduring relevance of Karl Marx br br The book forms a bridge between the two parallel enterprises of culture and politics It reveals how politics justifies itself by culture and how the latter prompts the former In this fashion i Arguably i burnishes Christopher Hitchens credentials as to quote Christopher Buckley our greatest living essayist in the English language, With the detention of Augusto Pinochet and intense international pressure for the arrest of Slobodan Milosovic the possibility of international law acting against tyrants around the world is emerging as a reality In this incendiary book Hitchens takes the floor as prosecuting counsel and mounts a devastating indictment of a man whose ambitions and ruthlessness have directly resulted in both individual murders and widespread indiscriminate slaughter He investigates and reveals Kissingers involvement in the deliberate mass killings of civilian populations in Indochina the deliberate collusion in mass murder and assassination in Bangladesh the personal suborning and planning of a murder of a senior constitutional officer in a democratic nation that the USA was not war with Chile the incitement and enabling of a mass genocide in East Timor and the personal involvement in the kidnap and murder of a journalist living in Washinton DC