Most widely held works about Christopher Hitchens
Most widely held works by Christopher Hitchens
God is not great : how religion poisons everything by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
19 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 2,823 libraries worldwide
"A case against religion and a description of the ways in which religion is man-made"--Provided by the publisher.
Hitch-22 : a memoir by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
40 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,740 libraries worldwide
Christopher Hitchens is one of the most noticed and debated public intellectuals of our time. Hitch-22 tells of his complex and warm relationship with his late mother (whose Jewish heritage he discovered only after her suicide), his formative experiences as a socialist and activist, and the authors who shaped his intellect (from Evelyn Waugh and P.G. Wodehouse, to Karl Marx and Richard Llewelyn). -Derived from book jacket.
The trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
23 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in 8 languages and held by 1,474 libraries worldwide
Drawing on first-hand testimony, previously unpublished documentation and broad sweeps through material released under the Freedom of Information Act, Christopher Hitchens mounts a devastating indictment of a man whose ambition and ruthlessness have directly resulted in both individual murders and widespread, indiscriminate slaughter.--Publisher description.
Thomas Jefferson : author of America by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,411 libraries worldwide
Hitchens brings the character of Jefferson to life as a man of his time and also as a symbolic figure beyond it. Conflicted by power, Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and acted as Minister to France yet yearned for a quieter career in the Virginia legislature. Predicting that slavery would shape the future of America's development, this professed proponent of emancipation continued to own human property. He negotiated the Louisiana Purchase with France, doubling the size of the nation, and authorized the Lewis and Clark expedition, opening up the American frontier. The Barbary War, a lesser-known chapter of his political career, led to the building of the U.S. Navy and the fortification of America's reputation regarding national defense. In the background is the fledgling nation's struggle for independence, formed in the crucible of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, and, in its shadow, the deformation of that struggle in the excesses of the French Revolution. --From publisher description.
No one left to lie to : the triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,334 libraries worldwide
An indictment of the person and practices of President Bill Clinton, arguing that the public focus on Clinton's sexual indiscretions has detracted attention from even worse behavior including his cronyism and financial misdeeds.
Why Orwell matters by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 1,244 libraries worldwide
"In this trenchant critical essay, Christopher Hitchens assesses the life, the achievements, and the myth of the great political writer and participant George Orwell. In his 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 facade 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."--Jacket.
Blaming the victims : spurious scholarship and the Palestinian question ( Book )
6 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 1,092 libraries worldwide
Since the 1948 war which drove them from their homeland, the Palestinian people have consistently been denied the most basic democratic rights. [This book] shows how the historical fate of the Palestinians has been justified by spurious academic attempts to dismiss their claim to a home within the boundaries of historical Palestine and even to deny their very existence. Beginning with a thorough expose of the fraudulent assertions of Joan Peters concerning the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine prior to 1948, the book then turns to similar instances in Middle East research where the truth about the Palestinians has been systematically suppressed: from the bogus - though still widely believed - explanations of why so many Palestinians fled their homes in 1948, to today's distorted propaganda about PLO terrorism. The volume also includes sharp critiques of the wide consensus in the USA which supports Israel and its territorial ambitions while maintaining total silence about the competing reality of the Palestinians.-Back cover.
The portable atheist : essential readings for the nonbeliever ( Book )
8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,063 libraries worldwide
Despite the mistaken use of the label "New Atheists," there is a lot of continuity over the past couple of centuries among atheist authors in their critiques of religion, theism, and superstition. Not every argument is identical, and even when the same basic argument is being offered there can be variety in how it is presented. This evolution of atheist critiques of supernatural religion is one of the virtues of Christopher Hitchens' book The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever. Well known for his own atheist book God Is Not Great, Hitchens treads some very heavily-traveled ground here in editing a compendium of atheist writings. Do we really need yet another book of essays, isolated chapters, and other selections from atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and skeptics of the past? What could we get out of this latest offering that we didn't get from the past half dozen that we bought - or the others that we simply skipped? Those are good questions, and reasons why I was skeptical of Hitchens' book, but in the end I think he succeeds in making his book more than "just one more" collection of atheist essays.
Thomas Paine's Rights of man by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
21 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Swedish and held by 1,048 libraries worldwide
Thomas Paine was one of the greatest advocates of freedom in history, and his Declaration of the Rights of Man, first published in 1791, is the key to his reputation. Inspired by his outrage at Edmund Burke's attack on the French Revolution, Paine's text is a passionate defense of man's inalienable rights. Since its publication, Rights of Man has been celebrated, criticized, maligned, suppressed, and co-opted. But here, polemicist and commentator Christopher Hitchens marvels at its forethought and revels in its contentiousness. Hitchens, a political descendant of the great pamphleteer, demonstrates how Paine's book forms the philosophical cornerstone of the United States, and how, "in a time when both rights and reason are under attack," Thomas Paine's life and writing "will always be part of the arsenal on which we shall need to depend." (New Statesman)--From publisher description.
Letters to a young contrarian by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
17 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 971 libraries worldwide
"In the book that he quite possibly was born to write, provocateur and bestselling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, angry young (wo)men and dissidents. Who better to speak to that person pitched at an angle of passionate disagreement against the lazy consensus than Hitchens, who has made a career of disagreeing in profound and entertaining ways?" "This book explores the entire range of "contrary positions," invoking mentors such as Emile Zola, Rosa Parks and Vaclav Havel. What they have in common is a commitment to living and thinking, right now, in a society not as it is but as it might be. Hitchens bemoans the loss of the skills of dialectical thinking evident in contemporary society and the sacrifice of true irony, satire and other forms of critical style. He understands the importance of disagreement - to personal integrity, to informed discussion, to true progress - to democracy itself."--BOOK JACKET.
Love, poverty, and war : journeys and essays by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
11 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 872 libraries worldwide
Showcases America's leading polemicist's rejection of consensus and cliché, whether he's reporting from abroad in Indonesia, Kurdistan, Iraq, North Korea, or Cuba, or when his pen is targeted mercilessly at the likes of William Clinton, Mother Theresa ("a fanatic, a fundamentalist and a fraud"), the Dalai Lama, Noam Chomsky, Mel Gibson and Michael Bloomberg. Hitchens began the nineties as a "darling of the Left" but has become more of an "unaffiliated radical" whose targets include those on the Left, who he accuses of "fudging" the issue of military intervention in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. Yet, as Hitchens shows in his reportage, cultural and literary criticism, and opinion essays from the 1990s to 2004, he has not jumped ship and joined the Right but is faithful to the internationalist, contrarian and democratic ideals that have always informed his work.--From publisher description.
The missionary position : Mother Teresa in theory and practice by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
11 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and Korean and held by 752 libraries worldwide
Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, feted by politicians, the Church and the world's media, Mother Teresa of Calcutta appears to be on the fast track to sainthood. But what, asks Christopher Hitchens, makes Mother Teresa so divine? In a frank expose of the Teresa cult, Hitchens details the nature and limits of one woman's mission to the world's poor. He probes the source of the heroic status bestowed upon an Albanian nun whose only declared wish is to serve God. He asks whether Mother Teresa's good works answer 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.
Cyprus by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
22 editions published between 1984 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 699 libraries worldwide
Blood, class, and nostalgia : Anglo-American ironies by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
10 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 668 libraries worldwide
For the sake of argument : essays and minority reports by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
8 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 662 libraries worldwide
'For the sake of argument, one must never let a euphemism or a false consolation pass uncontested. The truth seldom lies, but when it does lie it lies somewhere in between.'. The global turmoil of the last few years has severely tested every analyst and commentator. Few have written with such insight as Christopher Hitchens about the large events - or with such discernment and with about the small tell-tale signs of a disordered culture. For the Sake of Argument ranges from the political squalor of Washington, as a beleaguered Bush administration seeks desperately to stave off disaster and Clinton prepares for power, to the twilight of Stalinism in Prague; from the Jewish quarter of Damascus in the aftermath of the Gulf War to the embattled barrios of Central America and the imperishable resistance of Saralevo, as a difficult peace is negotiated with ruthless foes. Hitchens' unsparing account of Western realpolitik in the end shows it to rest on delusion as well as deception. The reader will find in these pages outstanding essays on political assassination in America as well as a scathing review of the evisceration of politics by pollsters and spin-doctors. Hitchens' knowledge of the tortuous history of revolutions in the twentieth century helps him to explain both the New York intelligentsia's flirtation with Trotskyism and the frailty of Communist power structures in Eastern Europe. Hitchens' pointed reassessments of Graham Greene, P.G. Wodehouse and C.L.R. James, or his riotous celebration of drinkiny and smoking, display an engaging enthusiasm and an acerbic wit. Equally entertaining is his unsparing rogues' gallery, which gives us unforgettable portraits of the lugubrious 'Dr'Kissinger, the comprehensively reactionary 'Mother' Teresa, the preposterous Paul Johnson and the predictable P.J. O'Rourke.
Vanity Fair's Hollywood ( Book )
7 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 603 libraries worldwide
Vanity Fair, the portraits : a century of iconic images by Graydon Carter ( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 560 libraries worldwide
Unacknowledged legislation : writers in the public sphere by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
12 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 519 libraries worldwide
The Elgin marbles : should they be returned to Greece by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
20 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 488 libraries worldwide
Arguably : essays by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 333 libraries worldwide
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.
Arab-Israeli conflict--Historiography Atheism Atheists Audiobooks Authors Authors, American Biography British Americans Christianity and atheism Civilization Clinton, Bill,--1946- Conformity Controversial literature Criticism, interpretation, etc. Cyprus Cyprus Crisis (1974-) Dissenters Documentary films Elgin marbles Essays Ethics Great Britain History Hitchens, Christopher Immigrants Intellectuals International relations Jefferson, Thomas,--1743-1826 Journalists Kissinger, Henry,--1923- Orwell, George,--1903-1950 Palestinian Arabs--Historiography Political activists Political corruption Political crimes and offenses Political science Politics and culture Presidents Radicalism Rationalism Relations (Canon law) Religion Religion--Philosophy Rights of man (Paine, Thomas) Sex Statesmen Terrorism United States Whitman College World politics
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