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Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011)

Autor(a) de 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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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Obras de Christopher Hitchens

Hitch-22 (2010) 2,222 cópias
Mortality (2012) 1,608 cópias
Letters to a Young Contrarian (2001) 1,361 cópias
Why Orwell Matters (2002) 1,174 cópias
The Trial of Henry Kissinger (2001) 876 cópias
And Yet...: Essays (2015) 426 cópias
The Best American Essays 2010 (2010) — Editor — 227 cópias
Hitchens vs. Blair (2011) 82 cópias
The Enemy (Kindle Single) (2011) 75 cópias
A hitch in time (2024) 21 cópias
Struggle of the Kurds (1992) 3 cópias
Does God Exist? (2009) 3 cópias
Can Atheism Save Europe (2010) 1 exemplar(es)
Inequalities in Zimbabwe (1981) 1 exemplar(es)
Christopher Hitchens 1 exemplar(es)
Talk Live-John Metzger 1 exemplar(es)
Why women aren't funny 1 exemplar(es)
Greenspan Shrugged 1 exemplar(es)
une portée de chiens 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The House of the Spirits (1982) — Introdução, algumas edições13,981 cópias
Our Man in Havana (1958) — Prefácio, algumas edições5,370 cópias
Infidel (2007) — Prefácio, algumas edições4,585 cópias
Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited (1932) — Prefácio, algumas edições4,440 cópias
Scoop (1938) — Introdução, algumas edições3,826 cópias
Animal Farm / 1984 (2003) — Introdução, algumas edições3,609 cópias
Stamboul Train (1932) — Introdução, algumas edições1,865 cópias
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey through Yugoslavia (1941) — Introdução, algumas edições1,702 cópias
The Mating Season (1949) — Introdução, algumas edições1,631 cópias
Área de Segurança Gorazde: a Guerra da Bósnia Oriental 1922-1995 (2000) — Introdução, algumas edições1,071 cópias
The Three Hostages (1924) — Introdução, algumas edições563 cópias
Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis (1983) — Introdução, algumas edições442 cópias
Diaries (2009) — Introdução, algumas edições254 cópias
The Best American Essays 2011 (2011) — Contribuinte — 227 cópias
The Best American Essays 2002 (2002) — Contribuinte — 222 cópias
The Best American Travel Writing 2003 (2003) — Contribuinte — 178 cópias
Granta 31: The General (1990) — Contribuinte — 143 cópias
The Best American Essays 1989 (1989) — Contribuinte — 103 cópias
The Best American Travel Writing 2010 (2010) — Contribuinte — 100 cópias
Imagine There's No Heaven: Voices of Secular Humanism (1997) — Contribuinte — 90 cópias
Granta 16: Science (1985) — Contribuinte — 82 cópias
The Best American Magazine Writing 2003 (2003) — Contribuinte; Contribuinte — 71 cópias
The Best American Magazine Writing 2007 (2007) — Contribuinte — 61 cópias
The Best American Magazine Writing 2008 (2008) — Contribuinte — 47 cópias
The Weekly Standard: A Reader: 1995-2005 (2005) — Contribuinte — 47 cópias
The Best American Political Writing 2004 (2004) — Contribuinte — 41 cópias
The Best American Magazine Writing 2011 (2011) — Contribuinte — 36 cópias
The Best American Magazine Writing 2012 (2012) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
Why Bosnia? Writings on the Balkan War (1993) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology (2006) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias
The Best American Political Writing 2009 (2009) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias
The Trial of Henry Kissinger [2002 film] (2008) — Original book — 5 cópias
Critical Essays on Oscar Wilde (1991) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Hustler Magazine | January 2008 | Volume 34, No. 08 (2008) — Interview — 1 exemplar(es)
Harper's Magazine 1989 Oct. — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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Sickening. I waited until Kissinger died to read this because I don't think I could handle it while I had to share air with this sentient pond scum. Christopher Hitchens is a good writer, which makes the whole experience ten times worse.
adaorhell | outras 16 resenhas | May 20, 2024 |
Just as I enjoyed reading William Buckley despite our sometimes marked political differences, I enjoyed reading these old essays of Hitchens from the London Review of Books. He is someone who wrote:

Concerning those who declined to criticize the fatwa against Salman Rushdie because of their purported multiculturalism: It is impossible to be sufficiently irritated by such people.

Of the Mormon church's International Genealogical Index: a classical piece of micro-megalomania where the monstrous scale of the effort dwarfs the essential pettiness of the enterprise.

Of antisemitism: A dead giveaway, in distinguishing the obsessive or morbid antisemite from the garden variety, is an inability to stay off the subject.

Concerning Sir Rhodes Boyson's comment that caning had done him no harm: Why do people invariably make this claim; usually before anyone has asked them?
Problems with this collection included:
1. the sometimes eventual numbing pattern of Hitchen's writing that recalled Wolcott Gibbs' famous satire of Time magazine, Backward ran sentences until reeled the mind.

2. pieces about which I knew little – I know who Harold Wilson was, but it was difficult to follow arch comments about the members of his cabinet and their friends and acquaintances.

3. Hitch could, it is said, bang these essays out in a very short time. In some cases, the structure of the essay might have benefited from slightly longer contemplation.
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markm2315 | 1 outra resenha | Apr 11, 2024 |
I have this book duplicated.
A powerful book. Hitchens is merciless in his critique of religion..although he claims connections with Church of England, Greek Orthodox, and Jewish faiths he merely uses these connections as tools to skewer the various faiths. He writes in a slightly annoying way.....a little too flowery ; a little too many historical or literary allusions which are not explained. Kind of talking down to his audience or assuming a breadth of knowledge that many would probably not possess. Just one instance of this that I recall was Lysenko (The Russian head of the Institute of Genetics and in charge of plant breeding in the Soviet Union under Stalin. He rejected mendelian genetics and consequently set Russian science backwards for a generation....those who opposed him were purged). However, Hitchens merely throws in a sideways reference to Lysenko....so insignificant that I can't relocate it or find it in the index. And frequently the Hitchen's prose is a little too flowery to easily follow. He loves hyperbole....for example: "Joshua's blood-soaked tribesmen"; "two extremely unctuous British Muslims". Sometimes this is quite entertaining and humorous ...sometimes a little tedious. He keeps referring to humans as "mammals". True...and I guess it is a way of keeping us grounded that we don't get carried away with the idea that a high priest is really anything other than a mammal who has come to dominate his patch.
A couple of basic themes: religion is man made, faith provides an excuse for horrific treatment of others who don't share the same faith/beliefs....and "religion comes from the period of human history where nobody......had the slightest idea what was going on".
There is a welter of detail here. Thousands of miniature case studies of the way in which religion is inconsistent, has lead to bad outcomes and in Hitchen's terms: "has poisoned everything".
On balance, a powerful and convincing book. Hard to read it and still have the same respect for any of the religions...though maybe the Cathars deserve some respect for their life style and refusal to recant.
I give it five stars despite Hitchen's somewhat difficult style.
His is certainly a strong voice for reason, logic and evidence based practice as opposed to magic, religion and appeals to "faith".
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booktsunami | outras 201 resenhas | Apr 3, 2024 |
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.
MylesKesten | outras 201 resenhas | Jan 23, 2024 |



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