Arguably

Arguably

Essays

Audiobook CD - 2011
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This collection of essays by Christopher Hitchens offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of the most dazzling writers, widely admired for his style, a result of his disciplined and candid thinking. Topics range from why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the science fiction of J.G. Ballard; from the legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell to the persistent agonies of anti-Semitism and jihad.
Publisher: [New York] : Hachette Audio, [2011]
Edition: Unabridged
Description: 24 sound discs (ca. 29 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781611139068
1611139066
Branch Call Number: SWCD 814 Hit
Additional Contributors: Prebble, Simon.

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danielestes
Mar 30, 2015

The saying "The pen is mightier than the sword" is more than apt when applied to the persuasive juggernaut that was Christopher Hitchens. If at some point in my life I achieve half the literary depth and eloquence Hitch exhibited, then I will consider my efforts a success. Sadly, Hitchens passed away just a few years ago from esophageal cancer, undoubtedly brought on by a lifetime of excessive drinking and smoking by his own admission. I will miss the ease at which he thumbed his nose, convincingly and shrewdly, at authority figures and topics considered revered by far too many people.

As a collection of essays, Arguably is way too long. That's the only strike against it.

redban Aug 28, 2014

If you can't get Hitchens to narrate his own books like he did with his Hitch-22 memoir, then Simon Prebble is the next-best option.

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