In this frank and damning expose of the Teresa cult, Hitchens details the nature and limits of one woman's mission to help the world's poor. He probes the source of the heroic status bestowed upon an Albanian nun whose only declared wish was to serve God. He asks whether Mother Teresa's good works answered any higher purpose than the need of the ...
In this frank and damning expose of the Teresa cult, Hitchens details the nature and limits of one woman's mission to help the world's poor. He probes the source of the heroic status bestowed upon an Albanian nun whose only declared wish was to serve God. He asks whether Mother Teresa's good works answered any higher purpose than the need of the world's privileged to see someone, somewhere, doing something for the Third World. He unmasks pseudo-miracles, questions Mother Teresa's fitness to adjudicate on matters of sex and reproduction, and reports on a version of saintly ubiquity which affords genial relations with dictators, corrupt tycoons and convicted frauds. Is Mother Teresa merely an essential salve to the conscience of the rich West, or an expert PR machine for the Catholic Church? In its caustic iconoclasm and unsparing wit, The Missionary Position showcases the devastating effect of Hitchens' writing at its polemical best.
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It was basically like a short term paper, made much longer into a VERY short book.He makes his point well, but it becomes redundent. The shortness of the book, probably meant it had few sales, and caused its over pricing.
May 13, 2007
to the point
This was a great read. Hitchens concisely presented the " facts on the ground", and contrasted these bare facts with the ever so popular glorified Mother Teresa myths. He let us see the real Mother Teresa, the stern head of an order of nuns, intent on spreading that order and in so doing acting as the dutiful officer of her General, the Pope in Rome. There was never a real need for her to "act saintly" the media, as we see, was all too ready to cast her in that role. What we are left with is the real scoundrel, the opportunistic media which painted a false picture with which it's audience, the public, was all it had to judge her by.
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