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Hitchens, Christopher

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Works: 331 works in 975 publications in 5 languages and 42,000 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Controversial literature  History  Diaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Portraits  Quotations  Interviews 
Roles: Author of introduction, Editor, Narrator, Speaker, Interviewer
Classifications: CT275.H62575, 200
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God is not great : how religion poisons everything by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
37 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,688 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 )
22 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 2,008 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
Thomas Jefferson : author of America by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
12 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,629 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 )
27 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 1,546 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 )
24 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 1,437 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
The portable atheist : essential readings for the nonbeliever by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
11 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,365 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
Why Orwell matters by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
10 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 1,329 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
Letters to a young contrarian by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
22 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and German and held by 1,228 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."--BOOK JACKET
Blaming the victims : spurious scholarship and the Palestinian question by Edward W Said ( Book )
10 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in English and held by 1,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thomas Paine's Rights of man by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
15 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,109 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
Love, poverty, and war : journeys and essays by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
18 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 1,080 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
Diaries by George Orwell ( Book )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
George Orwell was an inveterate keeper of diaries. Eleven diaries are presented here covering the period 1931-1949 from his early years as a writer up to his last literary notebook
The missionary position : Mother Teresa in theory and practice by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
21 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, feted by politicians, the Church and the world's media. But what, asks Christopher Hitchens, makes Mother Teresa so divine?
God is not great [how religion poisons everything] by Christopher Hitchens ( Recording )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 761 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
Blood, class, and nostalgia : Anglo-American ironies by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
11 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With wit and an eye for eccentric detail, Christopher Hitchens examines the sometimes tragic but more often comic course of the Anglo-American empire
Vanity Fair's Hollywood by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
11 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of classic photographs, essays, and caricatures depicting a century of Hollywood power, glamour, myth, and mystery
For the sake of argument : essays and minority reports by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
10 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 659 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
Diaries by Christopher Isherwood ( Book )
in English and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1939 Christopher Isherwood and W H Auden emigrated together to the US. This title features his diaries that 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, and Aldous Huxley
Vanity Fair, the portraits : a century of iconic images by Graydon Carter ( Book )
8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
'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
Unacknowledged legislation : writers in the public sphere by Christopher Hitchens ( Book )
16 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 529 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."--BOOK JACKET
 
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Alternative Names
Hičins, Kristofer.
Hitchens, Christopher, 1949-
Hitchens, Christopher (Christopher Eric), 1949-
Hitchens, Christopher Eric, 1949-2011
Χίτσενς, Κρίστοφερ
ヒッチンス, クリストファー
Languages
English (410)
Spanish (9)
Chinese (2)
German (1)
Dutch (1)
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