Letters to a Young Contrarian

Letters to a Young Contrarian (2001) by Christopher Hitchens is a strong collection of essays by the deceased left-wing iconoclast writer Christopher Hitchens that displays Hitchens remarkable ability to write and persuade. Hitchens fine prose, some of his ideas and his influences are all on show. His views on how important it is to argue to find out the weaknesses in your own arguments and that the important thing is not a person’s views but how they reason toward them are all very wise. The book is a fun read for anyone who likes Hitchens and at least has some sympathy for his positions. Even if you don’t agree with Hitchens reading his writing and seeing what motivates him make the book well worth reading.

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