Hitch-22 : A Memoir (CompactDisc)

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Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world''s most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature. He is a fervent atheist, raised as a Christian, by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide.
In other words, Christopher Hitchens contains multitudes. He sees all sides of an argument. And he believes the personal is political.

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Publisher Hachette Audio
Mfg Part# 9781609412814
SKU 217468948
Format CD
ISBN10 1609412818
Release Date 6/3/2011
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Dimensions (in Inches) 5.5H x 5L x 2T
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Christopher Hitchens
Christopher Hitchens has been a book reviewer for the esteemed British journal the New Statesman and has written for several American magazines, including Vanity Fair and The Nation, where he has written the "Minority Report" column--in his words, "an attempt to mount a Left critique of society and politics." In his books, Hitchens has written on issues as diverse as Britain's obligation to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece, the conflicts in the Middle East, and Anglo-American relations; but Hitchens is perhaps more well-known for his scathing attacks on Princess Diana, Mother Teresa, Bill Clinton, and Henry Kissinger--whom he just about calls a war criminal. It was a surprise to many of his friends when he openly supported the war in Iraq; and his book GOD IS NOT GREAT was seen by many as a direct, and sometimes intemperate, attack on religion and believers. It infuriated those who may have never read or even heard of him before. Hitchens may have been at his best in his many public appearances and debates as well as in the media, where his erudition and rhetorical skills were on full display--to the delight if his audiences--and where he retreated not an inch from the tone and substance of his controversial writings. An Englishman by birth and upbringing, Hitchens attended Balliol College of Oxford University, where he studied PPE--Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. He came to America in the early 1980s, living first in New York City and then in Washington, D.C. In December 2011, Christopher Hitchens died from complications of esophageal cancer.
Christopher Hitchens has been a book reviewer for the esteemed British journal the New Statesman and has written for several American magazines, including Vanity Fair and The Nation, where he has written the "Minority Report" column--in his words, "an attempt to mount a Left critique of society and politics." In his books, Hitchens has written on issues as diverse as Britain's obligation to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece, the conflicts in the Middle East, and Anglo-American relations; but Hitchens is perhaps more well-known for his scathing attacks on Princess Diana, Mother Teresa, Bill Clinton, and Henry Kissinger--whom he just about calls a war criminal. It was a surprise to many of his friends when he openly supported the war in Iraq; and his book GOD IS NOT GREAT was seen by many as a direct, and sometimes intemperate, attack on religion and believers. It infuriated those who may have never read or even heard of him before. Hitchens may have been at his best in his many public appearances and debates as well as in the media, where his erudition and rhetorical skills were on full display--to the delight if his audiences--and where he retreated not an inch from the tone and substance of his controversial writings. An Englishman by birth and upbringing, Hitchens attended Balliol College of Oxford University, where he studied PPE--Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. He came to America in the early 1980s, living first in New York City and then in Washington, D.C. In December 2011, Christopher Hitchens died from complications of esophageal cancer.
Praise
"Revealing and riveting....Hitchens offers an engrossing account of his lives as a British Navy brat, a socialist activist and a leading essayist and intellectual of our time." (starred review)
"I suspect Hitchens would prefer to have a glamorous enemy than a mundane friend. I was left wondering whether he simply doesn't know anybody who's not famous and accomplished or whether he simply thinks they're not worth writing about."
"[E]lectric and electrifying....Anyone who's closely read Mr. Hitchens's work...knows that he has a mind like a Swiss Army knife, ready to carve up or unbolt an opponent's arguments with a flick of the wrist. He holds dear the serious things, the things that matter: social justice, learning, direct language, the free play of the mind, loyalty, holding public figures to high standards."
"Breathtakingly well-read and articulate, [Hitchens] can, when the mood strikes him, be the funniest, most charming person in the room....After reading HITCH-22, the only thing you can be sure of is that this flawed knight will not breathe contentedly unless he has a dragon to slay."
"[Hitchens] writes with a voice you can hear clearly, warmed by smoke and whiskey, and draws readers into his story, which proves as personal as it is political....[E]ven his detractors might find it difficult to put down a book so witty, so piercing, so spoiling for a fight. He makes you want to be as good a reader as he is a writer." (starred review)
From the Publisher
Annotation Never one to pull a punch or mince words, Christopher Hitchens remains as uncensored as always even when the subject is himself. Whether discussing his prep school days, his mother's suicide, his late discovery of his Jewish heritage, his famous disdain for religion, his activism against the Vietnam War, his championing of the Iraq War, his hobnobbing with literary luminaries, his reporting from the world's hot spots, or his well-known penchant for decadent living, "Hitch" always has a wry aside, a piercing insight, or an unforgettable anecdote. HITCH-22 gives readers front-row seats on a cultural journey through the last 50-odd years with one of the world's most erudite and entertaining guides. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010.
Editors Note Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature. He is a fervent atheist, raised as a Christian, by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide. In other words, Christopher Hitchens contains multitudes. He sees all sides of an argument. And he believes the personal is political.

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