A Memoir

Book - 2010
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#1 New York Times bestselling author and finalist for the National Book Award -- one of the most admired and controversial public intellectuals of our time -- shares his personal life story.

Most who have observed Christopher Hitchens over the years would agree that he possesses a ferocious intellect and is unafraid to tackle the most contentious subjects. Now 60, English-born and American by adoption; all atheist and partly Jewish; bohemian (even listing "drinking" along with "disputation" as "hobbies" in Who's Who ), he has held to a consistent thread of principle whether opposing war in Vietnam or supporting intervention in Iraq. As a foreign correspondent in some of the world's nastiest places, a lecturer and teacher and an esteemed literary critic, Hitchens manifests a style that is at once ironic, witty, and tough-minded. A legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for literature, he has sometimes ridiculed those who claim that the personal is political, though he has often seemed to illustrate that very idea. Readers will find that his own many opposites attract, as do his many sketches of friendship and ex-friendship, from Martin Amis to Noam Chomsky. Condemned to be able to see both sides of any argument, Christopher Hitchens has contradictions that contain their own multitudes.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2010.
ISBN: 9780771041105
Characteristics: x, 435 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.


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Jan 19, 2015

Great book that brought me through a journey from the 1960s all the way to the 21st century about world events, politics and continue to prompt me on my role in this world as a human being, which is not to take sides but rather to judge what is right and stand up for truth, equality and peace. It gives me a third alternative to be a contrarian ...

mikelindq Jun 12, 2014

Pure Hitchens: Witty, contradictory, insightful, articulate, shocking, funny, infuriating, thought-provoking, pedantic, polarizing ... and mesmerizing. What a ride. I didn't want it to end.

rgoodman1 Apr 03, 2012

Comment privileges are the bane of modern man (and woman)

jlazcan Oct 15, 2011

For all his accolades it seems that Mr. Hitchens spends his entire memoir trying to impress the reader with his knowledge. He continuously references totally obscure works that only someone with a PhD in Pretentiousness could enjoy. I like Hitchens, but this book seems to be used more to stroke his own ego than describe his life. He does not even attempt to tell an interesting story.. The book is exhausting and a disappointment. I think most critics give it a positive review because they do not want to admit that they have no idea what Hitchens is writing about.

May 28, 2011

WAY WAY WAY too intellectual for my tastes. I love memoirs but preferred Christopher Buckley's (another name-dropping, self-satisfied privileged white dude) writing to this guy's. If you're into high-minded, artful prose, this might be the book for you.

debwalker Dec 10, 2010

"This book is not, strictly speaking, a memoir, but it does offer intriguing biographical details--later made more compelling with the revelation of his illness--mixed generously with fierce and brilliant opinions. Whether I agree or disagree with Hitchens on a particular subject, I still love to watch his mind at work and at play."
Top Ten Books of 2010: Robert Gray

Oct 01, 2010

clever and entertaining, but not overly interesting

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