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Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens - Christopher Hitchens
Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens
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@font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } "All first-rate criticism first defines what we are confronting," the late, great jazz critic Whitney Balliett once wrote. By that measure, the essays of Christopher Hitchens are in the first tier. For nearly four decades, Hitchens has been telling us, in pitch-perfect prose, what we confront when we grapple with first principles-the principles of reason and tolerance and skepticism that define and inform the foundations of our civilization-principles that, to endure, must be defended anew by every generation. "A short list of the greatest living conversationalists in English," said The Economist, "would probably have to include Christopher Hitchens, Sir Patrick Leigh-Fermor, and Sir Tom Stoppard. Great brilliance, fantastic powers of recall, and quick wit are clearly valuable in sustaining conversation at these cosmic levels. Charm may be helpful, too." Hitchens-who staunchly declines all offers of knighthood-hereby invites you to take a seat at a democratic conversation, to be engaged, and to be reasoned with. His knowledge is formidable, an encyclopedic treasure, and yet one has the feeling, reading him, of hearing a person thinking out loud, following the inexorable logic of his thought, wherever it might lead, unafraid to expose fraudulence, denounce injustice, and excoriate hypocrisy. Legions of readers, admirers and detractors alike, have learned to read Hitchens with something approaching awe at his felicity of language, the oxygen in every sentence, the enviable wit and his readiness, even eagerness, to fight a foe or mount the ramparts. Here, he supplies fresh perceptions of such figures as varied as Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, Rebecca West, George Orwell, J.G. Ballard, and Philip Larkin are matched in brilliance by his pungent discussions and intrepid observations, gathered from a lifetime of traveling and reporting from such destinations as Iran, China, and Pakistan. Hitchens's directness, elegance, lightly carried erudition, critical and psychological insight, humor, and sympathy-applied as they are here to a dazzling variety of subjects-all set a standard for the essayist that has rarely been matched in our time. What emerges from this indispensable volume is an intellectual self-portrait of a writer with an exemplary steadiness of purpose and a love affair with the delights and seductions of the English language, a man anchored in a profound and humane vision of the human longing for reason and justice.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781455502783 (1455502782)
ASIN: 1455502782
Publisher: Twelve
Pages no: 811
Edition language: English
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Sad Books Say So Much
Sad Books Say So Much rated it
4.0
Christopher Hitchens' last book (he passed away in December 2011) was my introduction to his writing. I would bestow upon this book the ultimate compliment - I expected to hate it, and ended up thoroughly transfixed and delighted with the breadth of Hitchens' knowledge and the courage of his convict...
Loves books and cats
Loves books and cats rated it
4.0
Not bad. Some of the essays were too dated to be truly interesting, but I enjoyed much of this book. Hitchens was always thought-provoking in his arguments.
Edward
Edward rated it
5.0 Arguably: Selected Essays
IntroductionAll American--Gods of Our Fathers: The United States of Enlightenment--The Private Jefferson--Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates--Benjamin Franklin: Free and Easy--John Brown: The Man Who Ended Slavery--Abraham Lincoln: Misery's Child--Mark Twain: American Radical--Upton Sinclair: A Cap...
A Few Thoughts
A Few Thoughts rated it
5.0 Arguably: Selected Essays
I'm always a little disheartened to near the end of one of Christopher's little tomes (can this one properly be called "little"?), but I am saddest to see this one go of any I've so far devoured. Dozens of essays, some 850 pages, and not a bad page crossed my line of sight. Virtually every moment ...
Mike's Reviews
Mike's Reviews rated it
5.0 'Arguably' by Christopher Hitchens (2011)
Christopher Hitchens, Arguably (London: Atlantic Books, 2012), 788pp As a reflection of its author, Arguably, a compendium of the writings of the late Christopher Hitchens, is a success. Upon completion of this tome, one feels as if one has acquired an appreciation of the man's character and intel...
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