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Hitchens, Christopher

Works: 315 works in 1,162 publications in 17 languages and 46,149 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Controversial literature  History  Essays  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary films  Portraits  Diaries  Biographical films  Historical films 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Editor, Narrator, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewee, pre, pan, Interviewer, Contributor
Classifications: BL2775.3, B
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Most widely held works about Christopher Hitchens
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Most widely held works by Christopher Hitchens
God is not great : how religion poisons everything by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

49 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 3,350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

13 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,784 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 trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

56 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 1,641 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Drawing on first-hand testimony, previously unpublished documentation and broad sweeps through material released under the Freedom of Information Act, Christopher Hitchens mounts a devastating indictment of a man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 have directly resulted in both individual murders and widespread, indiscriminate slaughter.--Publisher description
Thomas Jefferson by Richard B Bernstein( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,602 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
No one left to lie to : the triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

28 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 1,352 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
Why Orwell matters by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 1,339 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
Thomas Paine's Rights of man by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

27 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 1,200 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
The portable atheist : essential readings for the nonbeliever by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

13 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,182 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
Blaming the victims : spurious scholarship and the Palestinian question by Edward W Said( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in English and held by 1,174 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
Letters to a young contrarian by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

36 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 1,079 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
The missionary position : Mother Teresa in theory and practice by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

33 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and Korean and held by 943 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
And yet-- : essays by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

16 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 871 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" --
Love, poverty, and war : journeys and essays by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 850 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
God is not great : [how religion poisons everything] by Christopher Hitchens( Recording )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 724 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 secular world
The trials of Henry Kissinger( Visual )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 670 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
Blood, class, and nostalgia : Anglo-American ironies by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of the special relationship between Great Britain and America
Vanity Fair's Hollywood by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of classic photographs, essays, and caricatures depicting a century of Hollywood power, glamour, myth, and mystery
Diaries by Christopher Isherwood( Book )

in English and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vanity Fair, the portraits : a century of iconic images by Graydon Carter( Book )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From Edward Steichen and Cecil Beaton to Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino, Vanity Fair Portraits celebrates 95 years of photographic history, with classic images commissioned and published first in the pages of Vanity Fair. These portraits have become the iconic likenesses of the best-known figures from the worlds of art, film, music, sports, business and politics." "Vanity Fair Portraits traces the cultural history of the 20th century and its leading personalities in the pages of a magazine that helped usher in the modern age and which has itself become a benchmark of modern achievement. This book brings together more than 300 photographs from the two incarnations of Vanity Fair and offers an authoritative roster of fame, talent, and glamour. The first era - from 1913 to 1936 - is dominated by figures from the Jazz Age and covers subjects drawn from art, dance, music, film, and world affairs, including luminaries such as Pablo Picasso, Amelia Earhart, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. The second era - from the reincarnation of Vanity Fair in 1983 up to the present day - includes Hollywood stars as well as writers, athletes, style icons, and titans of business and politics, with portraits of Robert De Niro, Arthur Miller, Madonna, Margaret Thatcher, and Rupert Murdoch among many others." "Vanity Fair Portraits taps the energy of the magazine that once promised to 'ignite a dinner party at fifty yards' and reveals why its pages have become the culture's grandest showcase for photographic iconography. Published to accompany the 25th anniversary of Vanity Fair as well as a major touring exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 14 June-21 September 2008, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA, 26 October 2008-1 March 2009 and the Portrait Gallery Canberra, Australia, 12 June-30 August 2009."--book jacket
Unacknowledged legislation : writers in the public sphere by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Many have seen the encounter between literature and politics as necessarily fraught. Norman Podhoretz, for instance, examined the intersection under the rubric 'The Bloody Crossroads' (a term he borrowed from Lionel Trilling). Christopher Hitchens, in this sparkling engagement with literature and its producers, prefers a different approach. Taking inspiration from Shelley's description of the poet as an 'unacknowledged legislator', he shows that whilst the engagement between writers and those in power is not always smooth, it generally embodies a dialectic that is worth investigation." "Hitchens provides rich evidence that his own sallies as a political journalist are nourished by an erudite familiarity with a broad sweep of novelists, essayists and poets. In these pages Oscar Wilde's profound radicalism is uncovered; George Orwell's role as a fulcrum between left and right is carefully appraised; the languid irony and cosmopolitanism of Gore Vidal are celebrated; and a discussion of the fatwah issued against Salman Rushdie prompts a meditation on the West's misunderstood encounter with Islam. Along the way, a refined and knowledgeable palate samples offerings from, amongst others, P.G. Wodehouse, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy Parker, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, Christopher Isherwood, Anthony Powell, Saul Bellow, Alan Bloom, Philip Larkin and Patrick O'Brian, and dethrones the overrated, conspicuous among them such figures as Tom Wolfe and Isaiah Berlin."--Jacket
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God is not great : how religion poisons everything
Alternative Names
Chičins, Christofer 1949-2011

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 giornalista, saggista e critico letterario britannico

Cristopher Hitchens

Hičins, Kristofer.

Hitchens, Christopher, 1949-

Hitchens, Christopher (Christopher Eric), 1949-

Hitchens, Christopher Eric 1949-2011

Kristofers Hičenss

Κρίστοφερ Χίτσενς

Χίτσενς, Κρίστοφερ

Кристофер Хиченс

Кристофър Хитчънс

Крістофер Гітченс

Хитченс, Кристофер

כריסטופר היצ'נס סופר בריטי

קריסטאפער היטשענס בריטיש־אמעריקאנער שרײַבער און זשורנאליסט

كريستوفر هيتشنز

کریستوفر هیچنز

کریستۆفەر ھیچنز

ਕਰਿਸਟੋਫਰ ਹਿਚਨਜ਼

கிறித்தபர் ஃகிச்சின்சு

ക്രിസ്റ്റഫർ ഹിച്ചൻസ്

ქრისტოფერ ჰითჩენსი

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


Arguably : essaysThe trial of Henry KissingerThomas JeffersonNo one left to lie to : the triangulations of William Jefferson ClintonWhy Orwell mattersThomas Paine's Rights of manThe portable atheist : essential readings for the nonbelieverBlaming the victims : spurious scholarship and the Palestinian question