Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens Hardcover – Sep 6 2011
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“Bright, witty… one of the most lucid and humane voices of our age.”
—The Globe and Mail
Praise for Christopher Hitchens:
"Whether he's dodging bullets in Sarajevo, dissing Bill Clinton (with whom he says he shared a girlfriend at Oxford), or explaining his switch from leftist to Iraq war supporter, this foreign correspondent, pundit, and bon vivant makes for an enlightening companion."
— Kyle Smith, People Magazine
"A conversation with Hitchens mimics a trip through Wikipedia. Every thought is hyperlinked, with one subject slaloming into the next in ways baffling and enlightening, confounding and profound."
— Washington Post
"A great polemicist compellingly, effectively, sometimes bullyingly, attacks all gods and religions."
—The Globe and Mail
"Electric and electrifying . . . high-spirited. . . . [Hitchens] has a mind like a Swiss Army knife, ready to carve up or unbolt an opponent's arguments with a flick of the wrist. . . . The business and pleasure sides of Mr. Hitchens's personality can make him seem, whether you agree with him or not, among the most purely alive people on the planet."
—New York Times
"Few writers can match his cerebral pyrotechnics. Fewer still can emulate his punch as an intellectual character assassin. It is hard not to admire the sheer virtuosity of his prose, yet it is rare to mistake it for wisdom or good judgment. With Hitchens one simply goes along for the ride. The destination hardly matters."
"[Hitchens] is effortlessly witty and entertaining as well as utterly rational. . . . He offers the open-minded plenty to think about."
—Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Slate, and The Atlantic, authored numerous books, including works on Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and George Orwell. He was also the author of the international bestsellers god Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything and Hitch-22: A Memoir. He died in December 2011.See all Product Description
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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.
This collection was published originally in September of 2011, with Hitchens writing a brief introduction in late June as he was suffering from oesophageal cancer from which he would pass away six months later at the all too young age of 62. The essays had been published over the course of years in a variety of publications. The subjects dealt with cover a wide range, from religion and politics, to why women aren't funny, and everything in between. The material ranges from columns, to book reviews, to book introductions.
Hitchens was one of the few members of the media who had actually visited the "axis of evil", along with many other places, and this most certainly contributed to his insights on many subjects. Hitchens was not the least bit tentative to express his opinion, but unlike other talking-heads, Hitchens was able to do it and still be credible on a subject.Read more ›
Occasional insight, at other times it is world history. Swearing.
If you have read Hitchens before you owe it to yourself to get this.
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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.Published on June 10 2014 by Amazon Customer
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... Read morePublished on June 14 2012 by Mark Nenadov
It is an okay read, but to be honest it is not one of his finest works. I thought the essays would be more relevant to today's issues but most articles are book reviews. Read morePublished on April 19 2012 by Patrick