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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (June 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141005351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141005355
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,757,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Thomas Carlyle wrote of his Cromwell that he had had to drag him out from under a mound of dead dogs and offal before being able to set him up as a figure worthy of biography. This is not a biography, but I sometimes feel as if George Orwell requires extricating from under a pile of saccharine tablets and moist hankies...'

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Christopher Hitchens lives in Washington, DC. His most recent books are The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice; his attack on the Clintons No One Left To Lie To: The Values of America's Worst Family and The Trial Of Henry Kissinger.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sirin on July 21, 2008
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Hitchens raises his fists to defend his hero, Orwell, against all comers in this richly packed polemic. He presents Orwell as one of the very few intellectuals of his generation who negotiated the trecherous path between the pitfalls of Fascism and Communism and stuck to his intellectual honesty to bring back bulleteins of his era that make for compelling reading today.

Orwell is portrayed as an appealing figure: an intellectual loner, always going against the fashionable grain, armed only with a battered typewriter to battle the turbulent political and social forces of his lifetime. Hitchens defends Orwell (quoting from both novels and essays, as well as a plethora of other intellectual reference points)against his detractors (and some of his adherents) on the left and right, against accusations of Communist spying collusion, trendy postmodernists and misguided feminist criticism.

Hitchens fancies himself as a bit of an Orwell of the current age. Whether his own brand of freewheeling hard drinking contrarianism and neo-conservatism stamps its mark on the history of political writing as much as Orwell's remains to be seen. But he makes a fine balloon debate defender of Orwell, and will bring the committed reader back to the great man's works.
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I have not finished this but Christopher Hitchens has enlightened my understanding of G. Orwell. I have read 70% of all Geo. masterpieces and performed a bit of research in higher learning. Hitchens is a very intelligent man. A shame he passed from smoking and alcohol, like our hero, G. Orwell. Buy it and read it, if you lean left and like Orwell I cannot figure how you have not read ''Orwell's Victory''. Hitchens will make you think and question Orwell effectively.

Orwell is immortalized today and we take it for granted. Orwell really, really struggled against the grain. Even his peers were tough. Our perception is glorified. He did not live such a magnificent smooth genus life.
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By Paulo Reimann on February 9, 2014
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This is great political bio , maybe Hitchens best books. Another few exception I have made to read in paper (as Kindles version is not available). A must read...
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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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