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(HarperPerennial Modern Classics). 'Brave New World,' first published in 1932, presents Huxley's vision of the future in which, through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, people are genetically designed to be passive and therefore consistently useful to the ruling class. As a powerful work of speculative fiction, it sheds a critical light on society. In 'Brave New World Revisited'(1958), Huxley uses his knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with the prophetic fantasy envisioned in his earlier utopic fiction, including threats to humanity, such as overpopulation, propaganda, & chemical persuasion. 340p.
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An updated survey of the partition of Cyprus. In a compelling study of great-power misconduct, Christopher Hitchens examines the events leading up to the partition of Cyprus and its legacy. He argues that the intervention of four major foreign powers, Turkey, Greece, Britain and the United States, turned a local dispute into a major disaster. In a new afterword, Hitchens reviews the implications of the Republic of Cyprus's applications for European union membership, the escalating regional arms race between Greece and Turkey, and last year's Greek Cypriot protests along the partition border.
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This 'Christopher Hitchens Reader' showcases America's leading polemicist's rejection of consensus and cliche. Whether reporting from abroad in Indonesia, Kurdistan, Iraq, North Korea, or Cuba, or mercilessly pummeling Bill Clinton, Noam Chomsky, Mel Gibson, Michael Bloomberg, or Mother Teresa, Hitchens' perspective is that of the astute contrarian armed with a savage wit. Consistently over the past decade, he's demonstrated an ability to ever differentiate Thomas Jefferson from Thomas the Tank Engine. 475p.
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A journalist who has followed the political and personal path of the President since his first run for national office in 1992 examines the rise and fall of many of Clinton's friends and associates and suggests that his largest legacy may be that of pseudo-democracy.
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Suggests that President Clinton's largest legacy may be the weakening of the presidency and of the Democratic Party.
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Illustrates the unusual relationship between a man and a woman traveling on the Orient Express.
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Follows the plight of Wormold, a former vacuum cleaner salesman, who becomes a slave to the expensive whims of his thirteen-year-old daughter, Milly, and takes on a job for MI6 as Secret Agent 5920015 to pay for them. Reissue.
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Twenty-one selections. Contributors, among others, include: Elife Batuman, 'The Murder of zleo Tolstoy'; Brian Doyle, 'Irreconcilable Dissonance'; Jane Kramer, 'Me, Myself, and I'; PHillip Lopate, 'Brooklyn the Unknowable'; David Sedaris, 'Guy Walks into a Bar Car'; John Edgar Wideman, 'Fatheralong'; James Wood, 'A Fine Rage'. Contributors Notes; Notable Essays of 2009. 272p.
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Over the past few decades, the irrepressibly opinionated Christopher Hitchens has criss-crossed the globe debating religious scholars, Catholic clergy, rabbis, and devout Muslims as well as Christians on the existence of God and the supposed morality of religion - appearances that have attracted thousands on both sides of 'whatever issue:' From U.S. policy in the Middle East to the death of Jerry Falwell to the sainthood of Mother Teresa, Hitchens is always armed with pithy discourse that is deeply grounded in a wide-ranging knowledge of literature, and the currency of world events. Drawn from Hitchens's many TV appearances, debates, lectures, interviews, articles, and books, this A-Z omnibus of 'Hitch-talk' tackles subjects alphabetically - from atheism and alcoholism to George Orwell and Bertrand Russell, from Islamofascism and Iraq to smoking and sex - and perfectly captures the wit and depth of one of the contemporary world's more terrifying rhetoricians, baying in his element. Martin Amis, in his foreword, writes 'In debate, no matter what the motion, I would back him against Cicero, against Demosthenes.' Case closed. Open the book! Christopher Hitchens passed away on December 15, 2011. 332p.
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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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In this unique biography of Thomas Jefferson, leading journalist and social critic Christopher Hitchens offers a startlingly new and provocative interpretation of our Founding Father—a man conflicted by power who wrote the Declaration of Independence and acted as ambassador to France yet yearned for a quieter career in the Virginia legislature. A masterly writer, Jefferson was an awkward public speaker. A professed proponent of emancipation, he elided the issue of slavery from the Declaration of Independence and continued to own human property. A reluctant candidate, he left an indelible presidential legacy. With intelligence, insight, eloquence, and wit, Hitchens gives us an artful portrait of a complex, formative figure and his turbulent era.
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