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Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens
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Mar 20, 11

The headline is a bit simplistic, but basically this is Hitchins expanding on the thought processes of the great minds he recalls. Which I see as a good thing, since variety (in thought and belief) is the essence of learning, as long as you are open minded. Which I believe some of the reviewers were not. I disagreed with about 30% of the book, but at no point was turned off by Hitchins views since it stimulated my own thoughts on previously untapped but timeless subjects. The text sampled from author authors are not simply given, Hitchins does a great job of building or deconstructing the quotes of the authors. Hitchins writes as you see him on TV, it flows and makes one envious of his vocabulary and even the obvious breadth of classic education. It lacks a five star rating simply because it relies too much on thoughts of others, instead of that of the man I bought the book from.

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