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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814716873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814716878
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The controversial pundit dishes out and takes punishment in this anthology of rancorous essays by him and the leftist comrades he abandoned to embrace the invasion of Iraq. The editors laud Hitchens as a morally courageous, indispensable thinker whose elegant polemics sparkle under fire; sadly, this selection hardly supports such glowing tributes. Hitchens's post-9/11 pieces rehearse themes that he considers too self-evident to bother justifying: the irreconcilability of Islamist fascism with humane liberal values; the mortal peril posed by Saddam's dictatorship; the imperative to destroy both and the left's moral cretinism in questioning the rationale or methods for doing so. Hitchens's arguments rely on debater's tactics—stiffened with muscular rhetoric (When [cluster bombs] are dropped on... Taliban troops, they do have a heartening effect), personal vitriol (fat sluts, he dubs the Dixie Chicks) and school-yard taunts (Well, ha ha ha and yah, boo). His detractors sometimes reciprocate (Richard Seymour calls him a tumescent cadaver), but Gary Malone, Juan Cole and George Scialabba offer poised rebuttals. There's red meat aplenty for pro- and anti-Hitchens readers, but more blood than light is shed on the underlying issues. (June)
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“The controversial pundit dishes out and takes punishment in this anthology of rancorous essays by him and the leftist comrades he abandoned to embrace the invasion of Iraq. . . .There'’s red meat aplenty for pro- and anti-Hitchens readers.”
-Publishers Weekly

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“Most of Hitchens’s reasons for keeping the hawkish faith can be found in this collection.”
-New York Review of Books

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“The 52 essays, articles, and exchanges are among the best in post-9/11 literature, and shimmer with pugilistic intelligence and wit.”
-Capitol File Magazine

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“Hitchens’s style is so dazzling it is easy to forget that it is rooted in a solid belief in secularism, feminism, and reason. These are the core principles of the Left and we have no choice but to defend them. As they are assaulted by psychopathic Islamists abroad and betrayed by empty headed phonies at home, it is good to know that Hitchens is on our side.”
-Nick Cohen,columnist, The Observer



“Cottee and Cushman have produced not only a priceless collection of Christopher Hitchens’s key writings over the past few years; they have also documented wonderfully the most essential characteristics of the post-9/11 Anglo-American left. Christopher Hitchens and His Critics is must reading for anybody interested in the big topics befalling our lives.”
-Andrei S. Markovits,University of Michigan


More About the Author

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was the author of Letters to a Young Contrarian, and the bestseller No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family. A regular contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic Monthly and Slate, Hitchens also wrote for The Weekly Standard, The National Review, and The Independent, and appeared on The Daily Show, Charlie Rose, The Chris Matthew's Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and C-Span's Washington Journal. He was named one of the world's "Top 100 Public Intellectuals" by Foreign Policy and Britain's Prospect.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. MacMillan on July 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left is an anthology that reprints Mr. Hitchens' work on Terror, Iraq, and the Left. Criticisms of Hitchens' views from his opponets on the left are presened. It is edited by two respectable editors, which is distanced and independant from Mr. Hitchens.

Hitchens provides an Afterword - which is excellent.

I highly recommend the book to both admirers and critics of Christopher Hitchens.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Oski and Cal on September 25, 2008
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This is the best summary of changing Left positions I have seen in recent years. It is must reading for anyone interested, not only in the Left, but also in how the USA and the world intellectuals have become so polarized. The writing (both Hitchens and his critics) is mostly excellent and at times fun to read. Hitchens should have been taken more seriously when he departed the Left both by the Left and by the Bush Administration. This book should be required reading in any class studying the history of modern Iraq.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Palmoski on July 5, 2008
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This book is refreshingly frank and important. It brings together most of the key writing from the 'battle' which has been raging between Hitchens and his critics from the left since September 11th. The juxtaposition in views is prescient - oftentimes squaring off some of the greatest polemicists of our time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on September 18, 2012
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The late Christopher Hitchens was always a controversial writer, never more so than after 9/11 when he backed George W. Bush's `war on terror' and the attack on Iraq. This collection of reprinted articles includes 41 by Hitchens, 11 critical essays on him, with four responses and an afterword by him.

The editors' introduction is full of praise: "Hitchens' work represents a template for polemical excellence"; "Hitchens deserves to be taken seriously as a unique kind (sic) of intellectual and ... his thinking is indispensable for strengthening the project of secular, democratic cosmopolitan humanism." The editors accuse Hitchens' critics of having no `moral compassion or sorrow for the dead and bereaved' of 9/11.

The editors claim that his writing is `elegant', that he `never lets a cliché or a euphemism pass uncontested'. But are his accusations of `moral cretinism', `spouting sinister piffle' and `spouting fascistic nonsense' really much above the level of a Rush Limbaugh or a Richard Littlejohn? All too many of the pieces in this collection are marred by personal abuse, but as Hitchens acknowledged, "I was the one who issued the first barrage of insults."

Hitchens claimed that the attack on Afghanistan resulted in no `serious loss of civilian life' when US bombs had killed 3,500 civilians by 2002.

The editors reprint Scott Lucas' brilliant piece in the New Statesman, to which Hitchens made no reply. Lucas observed, "Like Orwell, Hitchens has made himself the poster boy of `principled opposition', even as he sides with the dominant powers in the US ..."

They reprint Norman Finkelstein's devastating essay which noted that Hitchens opposed the right to abortion.
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