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Arguably: Essays

By Christopher Hitchens

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Spanning four remarkable decades, a collection includes the best-selling author's early writings on civil rights, Vietnam and international incidents, as well as his inflammatory -- and now infamous -- columns on the Clintons, the Catholic Church, Mother Theresa, radical Islam and an array of meditations on contemporary politics and political figures. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
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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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Written in the decade before his death, CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS may be Sigmund Freud's most famous and most brilliant work. Originally published in 1930 - praised, dissected, lambasted, interpreted, & reinterpreted - it seeks to answer several questions fundamental to human society and its organization: What influences led to the creation of civilization? Why and how did it come to be? What determines civilization's trajectory? Freud's theories on the effect of the knowledge of death on human existence and the birth of art are centrl to his work. Bibiliography & Author Index; General Index. 186p.
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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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(NYRB Classics). Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family. Hons and Rebels is the hugely entertaining tale of Mitford’s upbringing, which was, as she dryly remarks, “not exactly conventional…” This work stands as a family portrait, a tale of youthful folly and high-spirited adventure, a study in social history, and a love story – all in one! 284p.
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Infidel

By Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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This memoir hit bestseller lists across the country and its author appeared on a host of national TV shows when first published in hardcover. Ultimately a celebration of triumph over adversity, the book recounts the intellectual comingof age of an outspoken, pioneering freedom fighter - from her Muslim childhood to her activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in the West. 368p.
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The author, a world-class provocateur, inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels and all other versions of angry young wo/men. Exploring the entire range of 'contrary positions' from noble dissident to `gratuitous pain in the butt', Hitchens introduces the next generation to the minds & misfits who inspire him - invoking such mentors as Emile Zola, Rosa Parks, and George Orwell. Bound to be a classic in the field of 'the importance of disagreement.' 141p.
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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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Mortality

By Christopher Hitchens

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The author Hitch-22 describes his 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. 12,5000 first printing.
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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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Explores the work of Mother Teresa, questioning her association with corrupt and cruel leaders and discussing the way wealthy Western society promotes her as a celebrity.
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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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(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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