Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

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Simon Cottee, Thomas Cushman, Christopher Hitchens
NYU Press, 2008 - 365 pagina's
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Christopher Hitchens—political journalist, cultural critic, public intellectual and self-described contrarian—is one of the most controversial and prolific writers of his generation. His most recent book, God Is Not Great, was on the New York Times bestseller list in 2007 for months. Like his hero, George Orwell, Hitchens is a tireless opponent of all forms of cruelty, ideological dogma, religious superstition and intellectual obfuscation. Once a socialist, he now refers to himself as an unaffiliated radical. As a thinker, Hitchens is perhaps best viewed as post-ideological, in that his intellectual sources and solidarities are strikingly various (he is an admirer of both Leon Trotsky and Kingsley Amis) and cannot be located easily at any one point on the ideological spectrum. Since leaving Britain for the United States in 1981, Hitchens's thinking has moved in what some see as contradictory directions, but he remains an unapologetic and passionate defender of the Enlightenment values of secularism, democracy, free expression, and scientific inquiry.

The global turmoil of the recent past has provoked intense dispute and division among intellectuals, academics, and other commentators. Hitchens's writing during this time, particularly after 9/11, is an essential reference point for understanding the genesis and meaning of that turmoil—and the challenges that accompany it. This volume brings together Hitchens's most incisive reflections on the war on terror, the war in Iraq, and the state of the contemporary Left. It also includes a selection of critical commentaries on his work from his former leftist comrades, a set of exchanges between Hitchens and various left-leaning interlocutors (such as Studs Terkel, Norman Finkelstein, and Michael Kazin), and an introductory essay by the editors on the nature and significance of Hitchens's contribution to the world of ideas and public debate. In response, Hitchens provides an original afterword, written for this collection.

Whatever readers might think about Hitchens, he remains an intellectual force to be reckoned with. And there is no better place to encounter his current thinking than in this provocative volume.

  

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Review: Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

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A thorough going over, through article reprints, of the Hitchens position, counterbalanced with opponents pieces. The book brilliantly demonstrates the best and worst of both 'sides' and I wish that I ... Volledige recensie lezen

Review: Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

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"How shady it is that our modern leftists and peaceniks can detect fascism absolutely everywhere except when it is actually staring them in the face." Volledige recensie lezen

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
IntroductionTerror Iraq and the Left
PART IHitchens on Terror
1American Society Can Outlast or Absorb Practically Anything
2The Pursuit of Happiness Is at an End
3Against Rationalization
4Of Sin the Left and Islamic Fascism
5Ha Ha Ha to the Pacifists
28Second Thinking
29Abu Ghraib Isnt Guernica
30History and Mystery
31Unmitigated Galloway
32Losing the Iraq War
33A War to Be Proud Of
34AntiWar My Foot
PART IIIHitchens on the Left

6Stranger in a Strange Land
7Saving Islam from bin Laden
8Its a Good Time for War
9Inside the Islamic Mafia
10Al Qaedas Latest Target
11To Die in Madrid
12Murder by Any Other Name
13Bushs Secularist Triumph
14Jihad in the Netherlands
15We Cannot Surrender
16Yes London Can Take It
17Why Ask Why?
PART IIHitchens on Iraq
18Appointment in Samarra?
19Taking Sides
20So Long Fellow Travelers
21I Wanted It to Rain on Their Parade
22Weapons and Terror
23Restating the Case for War
24The Literal Left
25Guerrillas in the Mist
26Fallujah
27Vietnam?
35An Interview with Christopher Hitchens Part I
36Dont Be Silly An Open Letter to Martin Amis
37Europes Status Quo Left
38LeftLeaving LeftLeaning
39Polymath with a Cause
An Obituary
41An Interview with Christopher Hitchens Part II
PART IVCritical Responses and Exchanges
42Letter to the Nation October 1 2001
43Letter to the Nation January 10 2002
The Dishonorable Policeman of the Left
45Letter to the Nation January 6 2003
46Hitchens as Model Apostate
47Obituary for a Former Contrarian
48Farewell Hitch
49The Passion of Christopher Hitchens
Flickering Firebrand
51Christopher Hitchenss Last Battle
52The Genocidal Imagination of Christopher Hitchens
Afterword
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
INDEX
Copyright

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Over de auteur (2008)

Thomas Cushman is Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and the founder and editor-at-large of the "Journal of Human Rights". He has written or edited numerous books, including "George Orwell Into the 21st Century", "A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq", and "This Time We Knew: Western Responses to Genocide in Bosnia" (NYU Press).

Thomas Cushman is Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and the founder and editor-at-large of the Journal of Human Rights. He has written or edited numerous books, including George Orwell Into the 21st Century, A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq, and This Time We Knew: Western Responses to Genocide in Bosnia (NYU Press).

Christopher Hitchens was born in Portsmouth, England on April 13, 1949. He was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and wrote for numerous other publications throughout his lifetime. He was the author of numerous books including No One Left to Lie To, For the Sake of Argument, Prepared for the Worst, God Is Not Great, Hitch-22: A Memoir, and Arguably. He died due to complication from esophageal cancer on December 15, 2011 at the age of 62.

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