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

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NYU Press, 1 jun. 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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An excellent study of Hitchens' views on terror, Iraq and the left as well a decent compendium of hapless critics that are nevertheless interesting. Of note is Noam Chomsky who pussied out and would ... Volledige recensie lezen

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

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Acknowledgments
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part
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hitChens on terror
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Stranger in a Strange Land 54
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Its a Good Time for War 62
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Al Qaedas Latest Target 73
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Bushs Secularist Triumph 82
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Yes London Can Take It 90
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An Interview with Christopher Hitchens Part
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A Review of Language
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An Obituary 197
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Letter to the Nation October 1 2001 221
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Letter to the Nation January 6 2003 237
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Farewell Hitch 264
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Flickering Firebrand 279
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Christopher Hitchenss Last Battle 302
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Appointment in Samarra? 99
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Washington Post October 20 2002
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Slate May 20 2003
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History and Mystery 137
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Losing the Iraq War 150
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The Genocidal Imagination
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PostSocialist World 167
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About the Contributors 343
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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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