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.
"[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)
"Get God is Not Great"
This book would've been better if I had not already read and listened to Hitchens' latter work "God Is Not Great" which features many of the same stories and anecdotes. As such I found very little novelty in this book.
If you haven't yet read/listened to God is Not Great then fair enough, you'll be in for a treat; there's a lot of interesting stuff and the format is intriguing in itself. But expect to cover a little old ground when you eventually get around to the latter (arguably more important) work.
Rather an academic approach, and not narrated by Hitchens himself, so a little disappointing overall, but interesting none the less.
"From the Master Contrarian"
If you would to read the principles used by the best debater in this generation, then good news. Here they are. The lessons are delivered in the form of letters to a close friend. Almost as from Father to Son, or master to apprentice. Ironic imtelligently funny, humble as to limits and ability to be wrong. I have read this three times and it gets better with the rereading. I hope that the debaters art is not lost with the sound bite generation.
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