Hitchens's style is incendiary and sometimes flamboyant. He relishes the role of provocateur and fancies himself a gadfly to the drowsy American republic. One of his main strengths is his erudition, allowing him to range over vast landscapes of the humanities and politics in a single breath. But he is also sometimes glib and self-satisfied, and his penchant for referencing everything in sight can be distracting. Nonetheless, his arguments are forceful and morally important--and if the reader feels otherwise, there are few more fitting compliments to a professional dissident than dissent. --Eric de Place --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Even if you do not agree with him on everything, this book is well worth reading!
Regardless of what one believes regarding his arguments and positions, the author always puts forth sound rationale for why he thinks the way he does.
The only shameful thing about reading this book now is that Hitchens is no longer with us to answer any follow up questions.
First, Christopher Hitchens is clearly a first rate intellect. I take no issue with his ideas. This book has some gems scattered about and they are worth finding. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jacob A. Nordby
Be a rebel with a cause... Trust no one not even yourself ! Sapient advice for the more cerebral!Published 28 days ago by Michael Scott
Hitchens was the greatest essayist of his generation. This is another fascinating, wide ranging book from him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian Lewis
An eloquent and thoughtful introspective. Inspiring and motivating to say the least. A must read for any closet radical or dissident.Published 1 month ago by mike
Christopher Hitchens has long been counted on to put politicians and other 'Dear Leaders' to the acid test. Few stand up to his analysis and his wit. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Axolotll
Well... it's Hitchens. What more need be said? ...except that five stars is sadly inadequate for a proper rating.Published 4 months ago by Lee Hoover
I find it a pleasure that Christopher Hitchens writes as eloquently in praise (his books on Orwell and Thomas Paine) as he does in damnation (everything else). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Glenn J. Shea