Essayist Christopher Hitchens ruminates on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men, the haunting science fiction of J.G. Ballard, the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell, the persistent agonies of anti-Semitism and jihad, the enduring relevance of Karl Marx, and how politics justifies itself by ...
Essayist Christopher Hitchens ruminates on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men, the haunting science fiction of J.G. Ballard, the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell, the persistent agonies of anti-Semitism and jihad, the enduring relevance of Karl Marx, and how politics justifies itself by culture--and how the latter prompts the former.
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Hitchens is in turn outrageous, funny, maddening, inscrutable, educational, polemic and will consistently entertain and enrich anyone with the curiosity and energy to look at the world thru his intelligent and very unique lens. I don't always agree with Mr Hitchens but he illuminates every topic that he attacks. Highly recommended.
Apr 30, 2012
It is incredibly sad that Hitchens has passed on and will no longer be giving us the benefit of his incredibly well researched analyses of everything from politics to religion and even masturbation !
Nov 3, 2011
Like the book. Great thoughts. Man was very smart and writes where everyone will understand.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-11-28 How does one possibly narrate the essays of Christopher Hitchens while capturing the author's furious-and perhaps occasionally misguided-intensity and vigor? For this capacious collection of Hitchens's essays, narrator Simon Prebble wisely avoids that dilemma. Instead, he offers a dry, slightly formal delivery. Covering everything from Charles Dickens and J.G. Ballard to the recent financial crisis and global jihad, Hitchens mingles the literary with the political, using his erudition to hone arguments to a carefully wielded point. Prebble's controlled narration works to tone down some of Hitchens's force-the narrator simply poses arguments without bludgeoning the author's opponents-much to the benefit of this audio production. The sound is turned down, leaving Hitchens's ideas to come to the fore. A Hachette/Twelve hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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