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Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011)

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Christopher Hitchens was born in Portsmouth, England on April 13, 1949. He was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and wrote for numerous other publications throughout his lifetime. He was the author of numerous books including No One Left to Lie To, For the Sake of Argument, Prepared for the näytä lisää Worst, God Is Not Great, Hitch-22: A Memoir, and Arguably. He died due to complication from esophageal cancer on December 15, 2011 at the age of 62. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

Hitch-22 (2010) 2,219 kappaletta
Kuolevaisuus (2012) 1,604 kappaletta
Letters to a Young Contrarian (2001) 1,357 kappaletta
Why Orwell Matters (2002) 1,171 kappaletta
The Trial of Henry Kissinger (2001) 874 kappaletta
Rakkaus, köyhyys ja sota (2004) 674 kappaletta
And Yet...: Essays (2015) 426 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 2010 (2010) — Toimittaja — 227 kappaletta
Hitchens vs. Blair (2011) 81 kappaletta
The Enemy (Kindle Single) (2011) 75 kappaletta
Left Hooks, Right Crosses: A Decade of Political Writing (2002) — Toimittaja — 46 kappaletta
A hitch in time (2024) 19 kappaletta
Struggle of the Kurds (1992) 3 kappaletta
Does God Exist? (2009) 3 kappaletta
Can Atheism Save Europe (2010) 1 kappale
Inequalities in Zimbabwe (1981) 1 kappale

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Miehemme Havannassa (1958) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset5,352 kappaletta
Pakomatkalla (2007) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset4,572 kappaletta
Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited (1932) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset4,424 kappaletta
Jymyjuttu (1938) — Johdanto, eräät painokset3,814 kappaletta
Animal Farm / 1984 (2003) — Johdanto, eräät painokset3,591 kappaletta
Idän pikajuna (1932) — Johdanto, eräät painokset1,855 kappaletta
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey through Yugoslavia (1941) — Johdanto, eräät painokset1,697 kappaletta
The Mating Season (1949) — Johdanto, eräät painokset1,630 kappaletta
Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995 (2000) — Johdanto, eräät painokset1,066 kappaletta
The Three Hostages (1924) — Johdanto, eräät painokset561 kappaletta
Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis (1983) — Johdanto, eräät painokset442 kappaletta
Diaries (2009) — Johdanto, eräät painokset253 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 2011 (2011) — Avustaja — 227 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 2002 (2002) — Avustaja — 221 kappaletta
The Best American Travel Writing 2003 (2003) — Avustaja — 178 kappaletta
Granta 31: The General (1990) — Avustaja — 143 kappaletta
The Best American Travel Writing 2010 (2010) — Avustaja — 100 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 1989 (1989) — Avustaja — 100 kappaletta
Imagine There's No Heaven: Voices of Secular Humanism (1997) — Avustaja — 90 kappaletta
Granta 16: Science (1985) — Avustaja — 82 kappaletta
The Best American Magazine Writing 2003 (2003) — Avustaja; Avustaja — 71 kappaletta
The Best American Magazine Writing 2007 (2007) — Avustaja — 60 kappaletta
The Best American Magazine Writing 2008 (2008) — Avustaja — 47 kappaletta
The Weekly Standard: A Reader: 1995-2005 (2005) — Avustaja — 47 kappaletta
The Best American Political Writing 2004 (2004) — Avustaja — 41 kappaletta
The Best American Magazine Writing 2011 (2011) — Avustaja — 36 kappaletta
The Best American Magazine Writing 2012 (2012) — Avustaja — 34 kappaletta
Why Bosnia? Writings on the Balkan War (1993) — Avustaja — 32 kappaletta
The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology (2006) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta
The Best American Political Writing 2009 (2009) — Avustaja — 26 kappaletta
The Trial of Henry Kissinger [2002 film] (2008) — Original book — 5 kappaletta
Critical Essays on Oscar Wilde (1991) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Hustler Magazine | January 2008 | Volume 34, No. 08 (2008) — Interview — 1 kappale
Harper's Magazine 1989 Oct. — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Just as I enjoyed reading William Buckley despite our sometimes marked political differences, I enjoyed reading these old essays of Hitchens from the London Review of Books. He is someone who wrote:

Concerning those who declined to criticize the fatwa against Salman Rushdie because of their purported multiculturalism: It is impossible to be sufficiently irritated by such people.

Of the Mormon church's International Genealogical Index: a classical piece of micro-megalomania where the monstrous scale of the effort dwarfs the essential pettiness of the enterprise.

Of antisemitism: A dead giveaway, in distinguishing the obsessive or morbid antisemite from the garden variety, is an inability to stay off the subject.

Concerning Sir Rhodes Boyson's comment that caning had done him no harm: Why do people invariably make this claim; usually before anyone has asked them?
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Problems with this collection included:
1. the sometimes eventual numbing pattern of Hitchen's writing that recalled Wolcott Gibbs' famous satire of Time magazine, Backward ran sentences until reeled the mind.

2. pieces about which I knew little – I know who Harold Wilson was, but it was difficult to follow arch comments about the members of his cabinet and their friends and acquaintances.

3. Hitch could, it is said, bang these essays out in a very short time. In some cases, the structure of the essay might have benefited from slightly longer contemplation.
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markm2315 | 1 muu arvostelu | Apr 11, 2024 |
I have this book duplicated.
A powerful book. Hitchens is merciless in his critique of religion..although he claims connections with Church of England, Greek Orthodox, and Jewish faiths he merely uses these connections as tools to skewer the various faiths. He writes in a slightly annoying way.....a little too flowery ; a little too many historical or literary allusions which are not explained. Kind of talking down to his audience or assuming a breadth of knowledge that many would probably not possess. Just one instance of this that I recall was Lysenko (The Russian head of the Institute of Genetics and in charge of plant breeding in the Soviet Union under Stalin. He rejected mendelian genetics and consequently set Russian science backwards for a generation....those who opposed him were purged). However, Hitchens merely throws in a sideways reference to Lysenko....so insignificant that I can't relocate it or find it in the index. And frequently the Hitchen's prose is a little too flowery to easily follow. He loves hyperbole....for example: "Joshua's blood-soaked tribesmen"; "two extremely unctuous British Muslims". Sometimes this is quite entertaining and humorous ...sometimes a little tedious. He keeps referring to humans as "mammals". True...and I guess it is a way of keeping us grounded that we don't get carried away with the idea that a high priest is really anything other than a mammal who has come to dominate his patch.
A couple of basic themes: religion is man made, faith provides an excuse for horrific treatment of others who don't share the same faith/beliefs....and "religion comes from the period of human history where nobody......had the slightest idea what was going on".
There is a welter of detail here. Thousands of miniature case studies of the way in which religion is inconsistent, has lead to bad outcomes and in Hitchen's terms: "has poisoned everything".
On balance, a powerful and convincing book. Hard to read it and still have the same respect for any of the religions...though maybe the Cathars deserve some respect for their life style and refusal to recant.
I give it five stars despite Hitchen's somewhat difficult style.
His is certainly a strong voice for reason, logic and evidence based practice as opposed to magic, religion and appeals to "faith".
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booktsunami | 201 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 3, 2024 |
We sure miss Hitchens. My wife and I had the great pleasure of hearing him speak in Toronto about the time he discovered he had cancer. He was a delightful speaker, and this is the book that rattled a few cages. You can still find his debates and interviews on many podcasts. Another reason I love the iTunes store.
 
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MylesKesten | 201 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 23, 2024 |
Hitchens is an entertaining writer. He's at his best when he's insulting people, which makes the chapters on Mormonism and Islam in this book fun reading.

One problem is that, those two examples aside, this book is redundant with Dawkins' superior title on the same subject.

The second problem is one he shares with Dawkins -- his insistance that the evil done by people in the name of religion is the fault of religion, while the good done by the religious would have been done by them even without religion. Thus, even after they've convinced us that religion is intellectually wrong and historically a source of evil, they lack credibility when arguing that religion, in the here and now, does more harm then good.… (lisätietoja)
 
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aleshh | 201 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 12, 2024 |

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