'As soon as we abandon our own reason', wrote Bertrand Russell, 'and are content
to rely upon authority, there is no end to our troubles.'
For over forty years, Christopher Hitchens has proclaimed truth where others have spun falsehood and written, with passionate commitment, on matters that others fear to broach. This volume of essays encompasses Hitchens' writing over the past decade on politics, literature and religion.
In Arguably Hitchens explores a wide range of cultural and political issues, past and present. His fresh perceptions of figures as diverse as Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, Rebecca West and Philip Larkin are matched in brilliance by his acerbic discussions and intrepid observations, gathered over a lifetime of travelling and reporting from destinations such as Iran, China and Pakistan.
Hitchens' life has above all else been one of defiance and wit, courage and humility: in an age of digital punditry and twenty-four hour hucksterism, he has been a voice of reason amid the clamour, making an indelible mark on politics and literature on both sides of the Atlantic. Arguably is the indispensible companion to the Anglosphere's pre-eminent political writer.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lincolnpan - LibraryThing
This is a book you are supposed to like and Christopher Hitchens is an author you are supposed to be provoked and inspired by. But the essays here were so hit or miss - the section on the middle east ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kellifrobinson - LibraryThing
This was not my first foray into the work of Hitchens. I read God is Not Great as well as several Vanity Fair articles prior to this set of essays. This book, however, illuminated the huge gap in ... Read full review