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Orwell's two indelible classics marking the author's birth centenary.
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Controversial and consummate essayist Christopher Hitchens looks with love, loathing, warmth, and authority at a wide range of political and cultural issues, past and present. Astute, vivid, and uninhibited on dozens of famous and not-so-famous writers, he is a phrasemaker par excellence, with a quiver full of barbed arrows, ready to fly at unsuspecting targets. His fresh perceptions of such figures as varied as Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, Rebecca West, George Orwell, J.G. Ballard, and Philip Larkin are matched in brilliance by his pungent discussions and intrepid observations, gathered from a lifetime of traveling and reporting from such destinations as Iran, China, and Pakistan. What emerges from this indispensable volume is an intellectual self-portrait of a writer with an exemplary steadiness of purpose and a love affair with the English language. Christopher Hitchens passed away on December 15, 2011). Index. 788p.
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Diaries

By George Orwell

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Collects the diaries of George Orwell, chronicling the major events of his life, including the rise of totalitarianism and the death of his first wife, that influenced his writing.
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With his pummeling erudition and wit, journalist Christopher Hitchens addresses the most urgent issue of our time: the malignant force of religion in the world. Redefining the debate about religion in public life, Hitchens takes on the faithful, arguing eloquently to make the ultimate case against religion through a close & learned reading of the major religious texts. Citing the personal story of his own dangerous encounters with faith, Hitchens describes his intellectual journey toward a secular view of life based on science and reason, in which the heavens are replaced by the Hubble telescope's awesome view and the double helix replaces Moses and the burning bush. 307p.
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In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion in this series of acute readings of the major religious texts. He demonstrates the ways in which religion is man-made, dangerously sexually repressive and distorts the very origins of the cosmos. With robust clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. Arguing that the concept of an omniscient God has profoundly damaged humanity, Hitchens farily revels in the possibility of society without religion. References, Index. 307p.
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One of the most noticed and debated public intellectuals of our time, despite decades on the public stage, Christopher Hitchens has rarely written of the private dimensions of his life - until now. The book is the candid,personal history of a complicated man: English-born and American by adoption, all atheist and partly Jewish, stalwartly bohemian (proudly flaunting 'drinking' along with 'disputation' as 'hobbies' in Who's Who), and rigorously intellectual. Here he discusses his famously unbending convictions, tracing the thread of principle that connects his opposition to war in Vietnam and his support for intervention in Iraq. Written in a mode that is anything but shy. Photos.
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Mortality

By Christopher Hitchens

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The author Hitch-22 describes his ultimately losing battle with esophageal cancer while writing columns for Vanity Fair on politics and culture and also describing his personal and philosophical view of life and death. (biography & autobiography). Simultaneous.
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Mortality

By Christopher Hitchens

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"Courageous, insightful and candid thoughts on malady and mortality from one of our most celebrated writers"--Provided by the publisher.
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The book investigates, in turn, Kissinger's involvement in the war in Indochina, planned assassinations in Santiago, Nicosia, and Washington D.C., and genocide in East Timor. The book amounts to a 'devastating indictment' - drawn on the basis of first-hand testimony, previously unpublished documentation, and broad sweeps through material released under the Freedom of Information Act. 159p.
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(Books That Changed The World series). Firstpublished in 1791, Thomas Paine's treatise, 'Declaration of the Rights of Man' is a uniquely American defense of man's inalienable rights. Here, bestselling author and commentator Christopher Hitchens examines this vital work, demonstrating how it established the philosophical basis of our democracy and how it is still viable in today's increasingly controlled society. Timely and sure to be controversial, this invaluable resource offers a glimpse into the mind of one of America's greatest political thinkers and into a possible future in which America continues to treasure the value of rights and reason. Notes, Index.
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A trenchant critical essay on George Orwell (1903-1950), author of 'Animal Farm' & '1984,' by the columnist for 'Vanity Fair' & 'The Nation,' and author of 'Letters to a Young Contrarian.' In this spirited defenseof Orwell, Hitchens takes on all who have traduced or misinterpreted him, in the process dismantling the facade of sainthood erected by the hagiographers and rebutting the critics point by point. Hitchens examines Orwell onhis perspectives on fascism, empire, feminism, and Englishness, as well as his outlook on America. 211p.
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