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Hitchens, Christopher

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Works: 413 works in 1,496 publications in 7 languages and 50,186 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Political fiction  Satire  Biography  Fables  History  Controversial literature  Essays  Allegories  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Narrator, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewee, pan, Redactor, Contributor, Interviewer, pre
Classifications: PR6029.R8, 823.912
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God is not great : how religion poisons everything by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

50 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A case against religion and a description of the ways in which religion is man-made"--Provided by the publisher
Why Orwell matters by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 1,882 WorldCat member 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
Arguably : essays by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,871 WorldCat member 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
The portable atheist : essential readings for the nonbeliever by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

17 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,645 WorldCat member 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 Jefferson : author of America by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,642 WorldCat member 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
The trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

52 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,642 WorldCat member 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, he alleges, have directly resulted in both individual murders and widespread, indiscriminate slaughter
No one left to lie to : the triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

41 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,464 WorldCat member 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
Letters to a young contrarian by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

23 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 1,414 WorldCat member 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."--Jacket
Love, poverty, and war : journeys and essays by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 1,242 WorldCat member 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
Animal farm by George Orwell( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in Spanish and English and held by 1,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Animal Farm is Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution -- an account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm--a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. But are they? In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith joins a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be
Thomas Paine's Rights of man by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,163 WorldCat member 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
Blaming the victims : spurious scholarship and the Palestinian question by Edward W Said( Book )

22 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,157 WorldCat member 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
And yet-- : essays by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

31 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 1,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of essays brings together some of the finest pieces Hitchens published over the last two decades for the first time in one book, addressing with characteristic wit and erudition the subjects he is best known for, including: the case against God, faith and religious observance; the case for intervention in Iraq; indictments of towering political figures like Bill and Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, and Henry Kissinger; and celebrations of the writers and thinkers whose work meant most to him"--
The missionary position : Mother Teresa in theory and practice by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

35 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 1,051 WorldCat member 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
The trials of Henry Kissinger( Visual )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Did Henry Kissinger sabatoge the 1968 Vietnam peace talks for his own personal gain? Did he orchestrate the secret bombing of Cambodia? Did he authorize covert operations to overthrow a Chilean President? This explores how a young boy who fled Nazi Germany grew up to become one of the most powerful and controversial figures in United States history
God is not great : [how religion poisons everything] by Christopher Hitchens( Recording )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poses a case against organized religion that documents the myriad ways in which religion reflects human agendas and distorts sexuality and the perception of the origins of the universe, in a science-based analysis that considers the benefits of a secularworld
For the sake of argument : essays and minority reports by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

18 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member 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
Blood, class, and nostalgia : Anglo-American ironies by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

17 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of the special relationship between Great Britain and America
Diaries by Christopher Isherwood( Book )

in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1939 Christopher Isherwood and W.H. Auden emigrated together to the United States. In spare, luminous prose these diaries describe Isherwood's search for a new life in California; his work as a screenwriter in Hollywood, his pacifism during World War II and his friendships with such gifted artists and intellectuals as Garbo, Chaplin, Thomas Mann, Charles Laughton, Gielgud, Olivier, Richard Burton and Aldous Huxley. Throughout this period, Isherwood continued to write novels and sustain his literary friendships u with E.M. Forster, Somerset Maugham, Tennessee Williams and others. He turned to his diaries several times a week to record jokes and gossip, observations about his adopted country, philosophy and mystical insights. His devotion to his diary was a way of accounting for himself; he used it as both a discipline and a release
Best of enemies by Gore Vidal( Visual )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other's political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult-their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed, and a new era in public discourse was born
 
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
God is not great : how religion poisons everything
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Why Orwell mattersArguably : essaysThe portable atheist : essential readings for the nonbelieverThomas Jefferson : author of AmericaThe trial of Henry KissingerNo one left to lie to : the triangulations of William Jefferson ClintonLetters to a young contrarianLove, poverty, and war : journeys and essays
Alternative Names
Chičins, Christofer 1949-2011

Christopher Hitchens anglicko-americký spisovatel a novinář

Christopher Hitchens britansko-američki autor i novinar

Christopher Hitchens britisch-US-amerikanischer Autor, Journalist und Literaturkritiker

Christopher Hitchens British-American author and journalist

Christopher Hitchens Brits auteur

Christopher Hitchens engelsk-amerikansk forfatter, journalist og litteraturkritiker

Christopher Hitchens escritor angloestadounidense

Christopher Hitchens giornalista, saggista e critico letterario britannico

Cristopher Hitchens

Hičins, Kristofer.

Hitchens Ch. 1949-2011

Hitchens, Christopher 1949-

Hitchens, Christopher (Christopher Eric), 1949-

Hitchens, Christopher Eric

Hitchens, Christopher Eric 1949-2011

Kristofers Hičenss

Κρίστοφερ Χίτσενς

Χίτσενς, Κρίστοφερ

Кристофер Хиченс

Кристофър Хитчънс

Крістофер Гітченс

Хитченс, Кристофер

Хитченс, Кристофер Писатель

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קריסטאפער היטשענס בריטיש־אמעריקאנער שרײַבער און זשורנאליסט

كريستوفر هيتشنز

کریستوفر هیچنز

کریستوفر هیچنز نویسنده انگلیسی-آمریکایی

کریستۆفەر ھیچنز

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கிறித்தபர் ஃகிச்சின்சு

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크리스토퍼 히친스 미국인 영국계 작가이자 언론인이었다.

히친스, 크리스토퍼 1949-2011

クリストファー・ヒッチンス イギリス系アメリカ人の著作家、ジャーナリスト

ヒッチンス, クリストファー

ヒッチンス, クリストファ- 1949-2011

克里斯托弗·希欽斯

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