Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate

Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate

by Mark Oppenheimer
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Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
alyak More than 1 year ago
Oppenheimer was a precocious boy that used his words to define himself. In the first part of the book, it is easy to not like Oppenheimer as a boy. He is a smart aleck—the kind of kid that will talk back to you. However, it is easy to relate to this boy because I took part in speech and debate in high school and was exposed to all sorts of characters. My time in speech and debate and reading this book helped me to realize that words are sometimes just another way to cover up insecurities. Some people hide their weaknesses with violence, shyness, or apathy, and some, like Oppenheimer, use their words. Intentionally or not, Oppenheimer makes a strong statement about the use of intelligence. And, in his case as a young boy, he used his intelligence as a way to get power over other people. Additionally, I think this book really showed the human-ness of the author. Fiction sometimes plays up the monotony of everyday life. Oppenheimer does not do this. Instead, he describes in detail (sometimes perhaps too much?) of the everyday ins and outs of a debate tournament. This can either be criticized or praised. On the one hand, he accurately describes the workings of a debate tournament. On the other hand, however, he makes it very unpalatable for those with no experience or interest in debate. Instead of exciting readers about debate, he may cement their prior beliefs of the tedium of debate. This book picks up criticism for passages of humble brag and depicting an annoying childhood. However, this raw story is an accurate description of a life. It’s a good reminder that life is not always lovely, sensational, or exotic. Life is not always what we want to write a book about.
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