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on November 8, 2011
This was my first exposure to Hitchens' writing and I was blown away. I have never come across another author whose skill with the English language left me shaking my head in wonder. His knowledge of literature is astounding and the ability to pull apart books and essays in reviews and then combine the contents with information from various sources and his personal experience is breathtaking.

Some of the content is heavy, reviewing authors from the 1920s and 30s while other essays focus on contemporary issues. You will likely need ready access to a dictionary and wikipedia to thoroughly understand some of the topics but several essays inspired me to go back and pick up some of the classic books of literature.

Some people may argue with his conclusions or disagree with his political views but I don't think anyone could argue with the incredible wordsmith power.
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on January 15, 2012
Don't even contemplate buying this book as an audio text unless you are a member of the MENSA club. Hitchens' command of the english language and his skill at cobbling together sentences requires your full attention. Not to be listened to in rush hour traffic or on a long trip. You will find your eyes glazing over as you try to keep up with Mr Hitchens logic. Buy the e-edition if you don't relish the thought of lugging around an 800+ page book in your carry-on. The essays are brilliant. The shortcomings are ours alone.
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on November 29, 2011
Sadly, this will probably Christopher's last "prehumous" publication. His wit, tenacity and brutal honesty are all evident in these essays and it's a work he can and should be proud of.

If you have read Hitchens before you owe it to yourself to get this.
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on June 10, 2014
Wonderful insights into history and literature. Cannot put it down. We have lost an amazing mind, and I am glad he left us such a fine legacy.
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on June 14, 2012
A massive collection of essays on literature, foreign policy, and other topics. It's not at all dull, but you will find it a massive plow unless you have a great deal of stamina.

Being quite spunky and animated prose, as one has come to expect from Hitchens, you'll never end up thinking 'What does Hitchens really think?' There's a little something something in here to ruffle everyones feathers.

Every time I read something by Hitchens, I'm impressed but what a great author he was and how similar his prose is to Orwell and how I can't think of more than one or two people who touch him nowadays when it comes to the turning of words. Going through this book at this time was a sobering experience, seeing how Hitchens has gone on to meet his Maker. The world has lost a great essayist.
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