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Read online Arguably: Selected Essays.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Arguably: Selected Essays The first new book of essays by Christopher Hitchens since i Arguably i offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers widely admired for the clarity of his style a result of his disciplined and candid thinking .

Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the haunting science fiction of J G Ballard from the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell to the persistent agonies of anti Semitism and jihad Hitchens even looks at the recent financial crisis and argues for the enduring relevance of Karl Marx .

The book forms a bridge between the two parallel enterprises of culture and politics It reveals how politics justifies itself by culture and how the latter prompts the former In this fashion i Arguably i burnishes Christopher Hitchens credentials as to quote Christopher Buckley our greatest living essayist in the English language by Christopher Hitchens

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Arguably: Selected Essays
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ISBN:0771041411
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Number of Pages:816
Category:Non fiction, Essays, Politics, Philosophy, History, Religion
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In this widely acclaimed biographical essay Christopher Hitchens assesses the life the achievements and the myth of the great political writer and participant George Orwell In true emulative and contrarian style Hitchens is both admiring and aggressive sympathetic yet critical taking true measure of his subject as hero and problem Answering both the detractors and the false claimants Hitchens tears down the fa ade of sainthood erected by the hagiographers and rebuts the critics point by point He examines Orwell and his perspectives on fascism empire feminism and Englishness as well as his outlook on America a country and culture towards which he exhibited much ambivalence br br Whether thinking about empires or dictators race or class nationalism or popular culture Orwell s moral outlook remains indispensable in a world that has undergone vast changes in the fifty years since his death Combining the best of Hitchens s polemical punch and intellectual elegance in a tightly woven and subtle argument this book addresses not only why Orwell matters today but how he will continue to matter in a future uncertain world br br Christopher Hitchens one of the most incisive minds of our own age meets Orwell on the page in this provocative encounter of wit contention and moral truth, From the New York Times best selling author of i God Is Not Great i a provocative and entertaining guided tour of atheist and agnostic thought through the ages with never before published pieces by Salman Rushdie Ian McEwan and Ayaan Hirsi Ali Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first ever gathering of the influential voices past and present that have shaped his side of the current and raging God no god debate br br With Hitchens as your erudite and witty guide you ll be led through a wealth of philosophy literature and scientific inquiry including generous portions of the words of Lucretius Benedict de Spinoza Charles Darwin Karl Marx Mark Twain George Eliot Bertrand Russell Emma Goldman H L Mencken Albert Einstein Daniel Dennett Sam Harris Richard Dawkins and many others well known and lesser known And they re all set in context and commented upon as only Christopher Hitchens political and literary journalist extraordinaire can i Los Angeles Times i br br Atheist Believer Uncertain No matter i The Portable Atheist i will speak to you and engage you every step of the way, Among his many books perhaps none have sparked more outrage than i The Missionary Position i Christopher Hitchens s meticulous study of the life and deeds of Mother Teresa br br A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beatified by the Catholic Church in Mother Teresa of Calcutta was celebrated by heads of state and adored by millions for her work on behalf of the poor In his measured critique Hitchens asks only that Mother Teresa s reputation be judged by her actions not the other way around br br With characteristic elan and rhetorical dexterity Hitchens eviscerates the fawning cult of Teresa recasting the Albanian missionary as a spurious despotic and megalomaniacal operative of the wealthy who long opposed measures to end poverty and fraternized for financial gain with tyrants and white collar criminals throughout the world, The first new book of essays by Christopher Hitchens since i Arguably i offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers widely admired for the clarity of his style a result of his disciplined and candid thinking br br Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the haunting science fiction of J G Ballard from the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell to the persistent agonies of anti Semitism and jihad Hitchens even looks at the recent financial crisis and argues for the enduring relevance of Karl Marx br br The book forms a bridge between the two parallel enterprises of culture and politics It reveals how politics justifies itself by culture and how the latter prompts the former In this fashion i Arguably i burnishes Christopher Hitchens credentials as to quote Christopher Buckley our greatest living essayist in the English language