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A mordant, episodic, brilliantly lucid history of transatlantic negotiat ions of power and cultural influence. Interrogating the assumptions behind British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan's pious belief that Britain's 20th-century role is to play civilizing Greece to America's Rome, Hitchens shows how the British insinuated the ideology of Empire into America's 'expansionist' foreign policy. Bibliographic Notes, Index. 398p.
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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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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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With his unique fusion of erudition and wit, Hitchens addresses the most urgent issue of our time: the malignant force of religion in the world. In this eloquent argument with the faithful, he makes the ultimate case against dogma (and for a more secular approach to life) through a close and learned reading of the major theological texts. Hitchens tells the personal story of his own dangerous encounters with religion and describes his intellectual journey toward a secular view of life based on science and reason. Christopher Hitchens passed away on December 15, 2011. References, Index. A National Book Award Finalist. 320p.
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Traces the history of the Parthenon, explains how and why its sculptures and friezes were taken to Britain, and discusses the arguments for returning them
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Shows the United Nations building in New York, and discusses how it reflects the optimism of the postwar era
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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 Theresa, 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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Illustrates the unusual relationship between a man and a woman traveling on the Orient Express.
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Traces the lives of members of the Trueba family, beginning with clairvoyant Clara del Valle's summoning of the man she intends to marry, ambitious Esteban Trueba, and following three generations over the course of a century of violent change and their participation in the history of their times. 15,000 first printing.
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Presented on 2 CDs with a 2-hour Runtime; Unabridged.
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The Parthenon Marbles (formerly known as the Elgin Marbles), designed and executed by Pheidias to adorn the Parthenon, are perhaps the greatest of all classical sculptures. In 1801, Lord Elgin, then ambassador to the Turkish government, had chunks of the frieze sawn off and shipped to England, where they were subsequently seized by Parliament and sold to the British Museum to help pay off Elgin's debts.This scandal, exacerbated by the inept handling of the scultpures by their self-appointed guardians, remains unresolved to this day. In his fierce, eloquent account of a shameful piece of British imperial history, Christopher Hitchens makes the moral, artistic, legal and political case for re-unifying the Parthenon frieze in Athens.The opening of the New Acropolis Museum emphatically trumps the British Museum's long-standing (if always questionable) objection that there is nowehere in Athens to house the Parthenon Marbles. With contributions by Nadine Gordimer and Professor Charalambos Bouras, The Parthenon Marbles will surely enbd all arguments about where these great treasures belong, and help bring a two-centuries-old disgrace to a just conclusion.
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(Eminent Lives series). Renowned as a fearless public speaker on political and social issues, Hitchens, author of, among other books, 'Why Orwell Matters,' and, most recently, 'A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq,' produces a compelling new biography of Thomas Jefferson that demonstrates his (Jefferson's) versatility. 160p.
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(Books That Changed the World series). A political descendant of the great pamphleteer (Declaration of the Rights of Man, 1791), Christopher Hitchens marvels at Paine's philosophical eloquence, and the extent to which the form of his writing laid foundation to the American experiment. As a proponent of 'the rights of man', Paine's commitment is second to none. Notes, Index. 158p.
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