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Arguably: Essays Audio CD – Sep 4 2012
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"Whether on the invasion of Iraq or the merits of Vladimir Nabokov's fiction, master controversialist Hitchens has an informed opinion. . . . Vintage Hitchens. Argumentative and sometimes just barely civil -- another worthy collection from this most inquiring of inquirers." -- "Kirkus Reviews" (starred)"These 750 pages of bright, witty, nearly always charged reportage and argument are business as usual for one of the most lucid and humane voices of our age. . . . Purposeful and well told. . . . Here are more than 700 pages of a life lived fully through meaningful work." -- Charles Foran, "Globe and Mail" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and Visiting Professor in liberal studies at the New School in New York. He is the author of numerous books, including works on Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, George Orwell, Mother Theresa, Henry Kissinger and Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as his international bestseller and National Book Award nominee, god Is Not Great. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.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
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