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Christopher Hitchens

Arguably: Essays

Christopher Hitchens.
Publisher Twelve  
Format paperback
ISBN 9781455502783
Pages/Publication Date 788/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29688
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(One of the Ten Best Books of the Year: New York Times Book Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, and Publishers Weekly) "A short list of the greatest living conversationalists in English," said The Economist, "would probably have to include Christopher Hitchens, Sir Patrick Leigh-Fermor, and Sir Tom Stoppard. Great brilliance, fantastic powers of recall, and quick wit are clearly valuable in sustaining conversation at these cosmic levels. Charm may be helpful, too." In this collection of more than 100 essays, Hitchens invites you to take a seat at a democratic conversation, to be engaged, and to be reasoned with. His knowledge is formidable, and yet one has the feeling, while reading him, of hearing a person thinking out loud, following the inexorable logic of his thought, unafraid to expose fraudulence, denounce injustice, and excoriate hypocrisy.

"The byline of Christopher Hitchens is an opportunity to be delighted or maddened—possibly both—but in any case not to be missed.... His range is extraordinary, both in breadth and altitude. He is as self-confident on the politics of Lebanon as on the ontology of the Harry Potter books.... I still find Hitchens one of the most stimulating thinkers and entertaining we have, even when—perhaps especially when—he provokes."—NYTBR

"The essays in Arguably remind us of other dimensions to this singular writer and thinker that are sometimes overshadowed by the range of his political commentary. Though there are plenty of essays on politics to be found here, the book also treats us to other arrows in Hitchens' proverbial quiver, including his bracing, exhilarating approach to important literary figures.... In reading this collection of his thoughts, immersing yourself in the particular turns of phrase and associations of Hitchens' wit, you suddenly realize something else: You're hearing his voice again."—LATimes

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