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Read online The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever 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 .

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 .

Atheist Believer Uncertain No matter i The Portable Atheist i will speak to you and engage you every step of the way by Christopher Hitchens, Titus Lucretius Carus, Omar Khayyám, Thomas Hobbes, Baruch Spinoza, David Hume, James Boswell, Percy Bysshe Shelley, George Eliot, Charles Darwin, Leslie Stephen, Anatole France, Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad, Thomas Hardy, Emma Goldman, H.P. Lovecraft, Carl Van Doren, H.L. Mencken, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, George Orwell, John Betjeman, Chapman Cohen, Bertrand Russell, Philip Larkin, Martin Gardner, Carl Sagan, John Updike, John Leslie Mackie, Michael Shermer, A.J. Ayer, Daniel C. Dennett, Charles Templeton, Richard Dawkins, Victor J. Stenger, Elizabeth S. Anderson, Penn Jillette, Ian McEwan, Steven Weinberg, Salman Rushdie, Ibn Warraq, Sam Harris, A.C. Grayling, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx

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The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
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Number of Pages:525
Category:Non fiction, Religion, Philosophy, Atheism, Science, Essays
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With the detention of Augusto Pinochet and intense international pressure for the arrest of Slobodan Milosovic the possibility of international law acting against tyrants around the world is emerging as a reality In this incendiary book Hitchens takes the floor as prosecuting counsel and mounts a devastating indictment of a man whose ambitions and ruthlessness have directly resulted in both individual murders and widespread indiscriminate slaughter He investigates and reveals Kissingers involvement in the deliberate mass killings of civilian populations in Indochina the deliberate collusion in mass murder and assassination in Bangladesh the personal suborning and planning of a murder of a senior constitutional officer in a democratic nation that the USA was not war with Chile the incitement and enabling of a mass genocide in East Timor and the personal involvement in the kidnap and murder of a journalist living in Washinton DC, Over the course of his years Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U S war against Islamic extremism in Iraq He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world s most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature He is a fervent atheist raised as a Christian by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide br br In other words Christopher Hitchens contains multitudes He sees all sides of an argument And he believes the personal is political br br This is the story of his life lived large, 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, 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