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Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays (Nation Books)
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As noted, Hitchens is prolific. The essays in this anthology were originally printed in
The Atlantic, Slate, the Nation, Vanity Fair, the Weekly Standard, and the Times Literary Supplement among other publications. In addition the anthology includes prefaces that Hitchens has written for new editions of classic works of fiction such Saul Bellow's Adventures of Augie March and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.
It is fair to say that Hitchens does not suffer fools or cultural icons gladly. In short order he takes aim at Winston Churchill, Mother Theresa, Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Mel Gibson, and allegedly oppressive no smoking regulations implemented by the Mayor of New York. Given the diversity of political and social views held by these subjects it is hard to accuse Hitchens of toeing a particular ideological line. One may wince, for example, when Hitchens takes on Churchill and then applaud when he eviscerates Chomsky.Read more ›
This collection of essays culled from Hitchens' articles in Vanity Fair,
the Nation and other prominent venues for his talents is divided into three parts:
Part One-Hitchens gives us several book reviews of biographies of some of his favorite writers from Marcel Proust, Kingsley Amis; Graham Green; Aldous Huxley: James Joyce and Graham Greene. He also takes a look at the life of the Communist Trotsky. Hitchens evidences his broad literary learning in these brainy articles.
Part Two: In this section deemed "Americana" Hitchens takes to the wide open American road. We go down Sunset Boulevard with Billy Wilder; take a trip on what was once Route 66 and look at the laws governing New York City. We also read his reviews of Bob Dylan's oeuvre; discover the pleasures of Hitchens' appreciation of Saul Bellows' classic The Adventures of Augie March and revist the land of Civil War reenactors.
His review of the Martha Stewart empire is priceless. He also writes judicious and on target attacks on the likes of Michael Moore and Mel Gibson. Several other articles on figures from Mother Theresa (highly controversial) and the Dalai Lama are worth reading even if you disagree with them.
Part Three is the most poignant of the three sections of this large book.
In it Hitchens reports on the tragedy of 9-11; takes a well informed look at the gruesome situation in the Middle East and its horrible madmen incarnated in such tyrants as Ben Laden and Saddam Hussein.
As to the Dalai Llama issue raised at length below...let's see, "he has no right to denigrate our religion." No. No, that's objectively wrong. He has every right to denigrate your religion. Of course there's so many moral cowards running around right now, I can see why you'd think that. Nobody's ever bothered to denigrate your religion before. One would think there were a law against it, or something. Of course if you substitute the "religious" in "anti-religious bias" with "nonsense," as in "anti-nonsense bias," Hitchens' position may be more comprehensible.
The book is not all polemicism - elsewhere Hitchens indulges in his love of literary criticism. Readers who wish to know the details of his conversion from opposing the first Gulf War to supporting the Iraq War will also find what they're looking for. If you want to buy just one Hitchens book, this is the one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another great collection of some of Christopher Hictchens' best essays, and writings.Published 4 months ago by Bruce Woodward
MY FAVORITE NON FICTION AUTHOR; A TRUE MOST HONEST ASSESSOR OF HUMAN RELIGIOUS/POLITICAL BEHAVIOR ! A HUMORIST, POLEMICIST AND CRITIC WHO MUST BE READ!Published 15 months ago by FAD60
Good book. Not one of Hitchen's better books in my opinion. Still worth reading if you are a Hitchen's fan though.Published 17 months ago by Bryan McQuirk
read it, though if you heard Hitchens talk whether in debate, forum or his thoughts, this portrays his way of thinking in depth not by going into his thought process but through... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Victor
School book, so ?? Kid had to have it, requirement, not for funPublished on July 15, 2014 by Diana Hood Baquet
Christopher Hitchens was the most articulate and hard-hitting investigative reporter, essayist, and writer of our time. Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by stan grayson
Anything Hitch writes i love to read. you either understand him or you are benighted in drear.
A man of many accomplishments.