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Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011)

Author of God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

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About the Author

Christopher Hitchens was born in Portsmouth, England on April 13, 1949. He was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and wrote for numerous other publications throughout his lifetime. He was the author of numerous books including No One Left to Lie To, For the Sake of Argument, Prepared for the show more Worst, God Is Not Great, Hitch-22: A Memoir, and Arguably. He died due to complication from esophageal cancer on December 15, 2011 at the age of 62. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Christopher Hitchens

Hitch-22 (2010) 2,212 copies
Mortality (2012) 1,583 copies
Letters to a Young Contrarian (2001) 1,350 copies
Why Orwell Matters (2002) 1,166 copies
The Trial of Henry Kissinger (2001) 871 copies
And Yet...: Essays (2015) 422 copies
The Best American Essays 2010 (2010) — Editor — 226 copies
Hitchens vs. Blair (2011) 81 copies
The Enemy (Kindle Single) (2011) 75 copies
A hitch in time (2024) 9 copies
Struggle of the Kurds (1992) 3 copies
Does God Exist? (2009) 3 copies

Associated Works

The House of the Spirits (1982) — Introduction, some editions — 13,837 copies
Our Man in Havana (1958) — Preface, some editions — 5,312 copies
Infidel (2007) — Foreword, some editions — 4,549 copies
Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited (1932) — Foreword, some editions — 4,376 copies
Scoop (1938) — Introduction, some editions — 3,786 copies
Animal Farm / 1984 (2003) — Introduction, some editions — 3,558 copies
Stamboul Train (1932) — Introduction, some editions — 1,840 copies
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey through Yugoslavia (1941) — Introduction, some editions — 1,683 copies
The Mating Season (1949) — Introduction, some editions — 1,613 copies
Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995 (2000) — Introduction, some editions — 1,061 copies
The Three Hostages (1924) — Introduction, some editions — 557 copies
Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis (1983) — Introduction, some editions — 438 copies
Diaries (2009) — Introduction, some editions — 252 copies
The Best American Essays 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 224 copies
The Best American Essays 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 221 copies
The Best American Travel Writing 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 179 copies
Granta 31: The General (1990) — Contributor — 143 copies
The Best American Essays 1989 (1989) — Contributor — 100 copies
The Best American Travel Writing 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 99 copies
Imagine There's No Heaven: Voices of Secular Humanism (1997) — Contributor — 89 copies
Granta 16: Science (1985) — Contributor — 82 copies
The Best American Magazine Writing 2003 (2003) — Contributor; Contributor — 70 copies
The Best American Magazine Writing 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 59 copies
The Best American Magazine Writing 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 47 copies
The Weekly Standard: A Reader: 1995-2005 (2005) — Contributor — 47 copies
The Best American Political Writing 2004 (2004) — Contributor — 41 copies
The Best American Magazine Writing 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 36 copies
The Best American Magazine Writing 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 34 copies
Why Bosnia? Writings on the Balkan War (1993) — Contributor — 32 copies
The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology (2006) — Contributor — 28 copies
The Best American Political Writing 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 26 copies
The Trial of Henry Kissinger [2002 film] (2008) — Original book — 5 copies
Critical Essays on Oscar Wilde (1991) — Contributor — 2 copies
Harper's Magazine 1989 Oct. — Contributor — 1 copy

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We sure miss Hitchens. My wife and I had the great pleasure of hearing him speak in Toronto about the time he discovered he had cancer. He was a delightful speaker, and this is the book that rattled a few cages. You can still find his debates and interviews on many podcasts. Another reason I love the iTunes store.
 
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MylesKesten | 200 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Hitchens is an entertaining writer. He's at his best when he's insulting people, which makes the chapters on Mormonism and Islam in this book fun reading.

One problem is that, those two examples aside, this book is redundant with Dawkins' superior title on the same subject.

The second problem is one he shares with Dawkins -- his insistance that the evil done by people in the name of religion is the fault of religion, while the good done by the religious would have been done by them even without religion. Thus, even after they've convinced us that religion is intellectually wrong and historically a source of evil, they lack credibility when arguing that religion, in the here and now, does more harm then good.… (more)
 
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aleshh | 200 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |
He uses lots of big words and presupposes more knowledge of the subject than I have. Lots of great info (read ammo) May have to reread to get more to stick.
 
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BBrookes | 200 other reviews | Nov 29, 2023 |
From Lucretius to Karl Marx to Richard Dawkins and many others, the case is being made
 
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