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Amor, pobreza y guerra

by Christopher Hitchens

Lo mejor del periodismo de Christopher Hitchens. Un antiguo proverbio dice que la vida de un hombre no es completa si no ha conocido el amor, la pobreza y la guerra. Christopher Hitchens, uno de los intelectuales más polémicos de la actualidad, organiza esta antología en torno a esos tres ejes. En la primera sección, «Amor», Hitchens reflexiona sobre el legado de autores como Kipling, Trotski y Churchill y celebra a Proust, Borges y Joyce (un amor que se enriquece en barrica, por decirlo así, y se intensifica en el tiempo). «Americana», el posfacio de esta sección, incluye los viajes de Hitchens por la Ruta 66 y el Sunset Strip, y se cierra con el análisis del patriotismo que hizo tras el 11-S. En la segunda sección, «Pobreza», incluye las polémicas contra la religión y otros objetivos laicos como el cineasta Michael Moore, el historiador revisionista David Irving o el repulsivo culto a los Kennedy. Por último, en la tercera sección, «Guerra», recoge sus visitas al Kurdistán, Pakistán e Irak, y sus columnas a raíz del 11-S: «Me han criticado mucho por lo que dije en ese momento, así que me he molestado en publicarlo de nuevo, igual que cuando apareció, para mostrar cómo mis sentimientos cristalizaron en ideas. Ese sí que fue un auténtico día de amor, de pobreza y de guerra.» Reseñas:«Christopher Hitchens es un extraordinario articulista. Se enfrenta a falsedades de todo tipo y siempre gana.»Joseph Heller «Probablemente el mejor ensayista británico desde George Orwell, Hitchens es mucho más que un tenaz discutidor. Entre sus múltiples armas cuenta con una curiosidad inagotable, una amplia cultura, un ingenio salvaje, una inteligencia poderosa, una perspectiva internacional y una autoridad moral con raíces mucho más resistentes que la banal moralina.»Andrew Anthony, The Observer «La variedad de los intereses periodísticos y literarios de Hitchens raya en lo asombroso.»Newsday «Sus aliados, entre los que me cuento, disfrutamos con la precisión de su puntería. Que tiemblen sus objetivos.»Susan Sontag

Ancient Gonzo Wisdom

by Christopher Hitchens Anita Thompson

Bristling with inspired observations and wild anecdotes, this first collection offers a unique insight into the voice and mind of the inimitable Hunter S. Thompson, as recorded in the pages of Playboy, The Paris Review, Esquire, and elsewhere.Fearless and unsparing, the interviews detail some of the most storied episodes of Thompson's life: a savage beating at the hands of the Hells Angels, talking football with Nixon on the 1972 Campaign Trail ("the only time in 20 years of listening to the treacherous bastard that I knew he wasn't lying"), and his unlikely run for sheriff of Aspen. Elsewhere, passionate tirades about journalism, culture, guns, drugs, and the law showcase Thompson's voice at its fiercest.Arranged chronologically, and prefaced with Anita Thompson's moving account of her husband's last years, the interviews present Hunter in all his fractured brilliance and provide an exceptional portrait of his times.

And Yet...

by Christopher Hitchens

"America's foremost rhetorical pugilist." --John Giuffo, The Village VoiceThe death of Christopher Hitchens in December 2011 prematurely silenced a voice that was among the most admired of contemporary writers. For more than forty years, Hitchens delivered to numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic essays that were astonishingly wide-ranging and provocative. The judges for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, posthumously bestowed on Hitchens, praised him for the way he wrote "with fervor about the books and writers he loved and with unbridled venom about ideas and political figures he loathed." He could write, the judges went on to say, with "undisguised brio, mining the resources of the language as if alert to every possibility of color and inflection." He was, as Benjamin Schwarz, his editor at The Atlantic magazine, recalled, "slashing and lively, biting and funny--and with a nuanced sensibility and a refined ear that he kept in tune with his encyclopedic knowledge and near photographic memory of English poetry." And as Michael Dirda, writing in the Times Literary Supplement, observed, Hitchens "was a flail and a scourge, but also a gift to readers everywhere." The author of five previous volumes of selected writings, including the international bestseller Arguably, Hitchens left at his death nearly 250,000 words of essays not yet published in book form. And Yet... assembles a selection that usefully adds to Hitchens's oeuvre. It ranges from the literary to the political and is, by turns, a banquet of entertaining and instructive delights, including essays on Orwell, Lermontov, Chesterton, Fleming, Naipaul, Rushdie, Pamuk, and Dickens, among others, as well as his laugh-out-loud self-mocking "makeover." The range and quality of Hitchens's essays transcend the particular occasions for which they were originally written. Often prescient, always pugnacious, and formidably learned, Hitchens was a polemicist for the ages. With this posthumous volume, his reputation and his readers will continue to grow. Christopher Hitchens was the cartographer of his own literary and political explorations. He sought assiduously to affirm--and to reaffirm--the ideas of secularism, reason, libertarianism, internationalism, and solidarity, values always under siege and ever in need of defending. Henry James once remarked, "Nothing is my last word on anything." For Hitchens, as for James, there was always more to be said.

And Yet ...

by Christopher Hitchens

From "one of the most lucid and humane voices of our age" (Globe and Mail) comes a collection of new essays never before published in book form. Christopher Hitchens was known for his erudition and pitch-perfect, oftentimes argumentative prose, and in this new collection of essays that span his storied career, he is no different. No subject is safe: Bosnia, Norman Mailer, Helen Mirren, Hitler--and yes, Bill and Hillary Clinton. Lively and smart, angry and thoughtful, and a perfect companion to his bestselling Arguably, And Yet, And Yet is classic Christopher Hitchens. It will delight fans and critics alike.

Animal Farm and 1984

by George Orwell Christopher Hitchens A. M. Heath

George Orwell's two subversive masterpieces--now together in one edition--are "weapons of self-respect as well as of self-defense," writes Christopher Hitchens in his introduction. Animal FarmA biting satire of the Russian Revolution, Animal Farm imagines a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. The pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that leads to the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer and reestablishes totalitarian rule, adding an unforgettable bloodstained postscript to their founding slogan. 1984London, 1984: Big Brother is watching, and the Thought Police are always one step ahead of you. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he risks his life in a deadly fight for freedom.

Arguably: Essays

by Christopher Hitchens

From one of the most admired public intellectuals of our time, and a multi-award winning and #1 bestselling author, comes a collection of his most important and controversial essays on the theme of culture and politics and how the two relate.

Arguably: Essays

by Christopher Hitchens

"All first-rate criticism first defines what we are confronting," the late, great jazz critic Whitney Balliett once wrote. By that measure, the essays of Christopher Hitchens are in the first tier. For nearly four decades, Hitchens has been telling us, in pitch-perfect prose, what we confront when we grapple with first principles--the principles of reason and tolerance and skepticism that define and inform the foundations of our civilization--principles that, to endure, must be defended anew by every generation. "A short list of the greatest living conversationalists in English," said The Economist, "would probably have to include Christopher Hitchens, Sir Patrick Leigh-Fermor, and Sir Tom Stoppard. Great brilliance, fantastic powers of recall, and quick wit are clearly valuable in sustaining conversation at these cosmic levels. Charm may be helpful, too." Hitchens--who staunchly declines all offers of knighthood--hereby invites you to take a seat at a democratic conversation, to be engaged, and to be reasoned with. His knowledge is formidable, an encyclopedic treasure, and yet one has the feeling, reading him, of hearing a person thinking out loud, following the inexorable logic of his thought, wherever it might lead, unafraid to expose fraudulence, denounce injustice, and excoriate hypocrisy. Legions of readers, admirers and detractors alike, have learned to read Hitchens with something approaching awe at his felicity of language, the oxygen in every sentence, the enviable wit and his readiness, even eagerness, to fight a foe or mount the ramparts. Here, he supplies fresh perceptions of such figures as varied as Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, Rebecca West, George Orwell, J.G. Ballard, and Philip Larkin are matched in brilliance by his pungent discussions and intrepid observations, gathered from a lifetime of traveling and reporting from such destinations as Iran, China, and Pakistan. Hitchens's directness, elegance, lightly carried erudition, critical and psychological insight, humor, and sympathy--applied as they are here to a dazzling variety of subjects--all set a standard for the essayist that has rarely been matched in our time. What emerges from this indispensable volume is an intellectual self-portrait of a writer with an exemplary steadiness of purpose and a love affair with the delights and seductions of the English language, a man anchored in a profound and humane vision of the human longing for reason and justice.

Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

by Christopher Hitchens

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Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

by Christopher Hitchens Rebecca West

Written on the brink of World War II, Rebecca West's classic examination of the history, people, and politics of Yugoslavia illuminates a region that is still a focus of international concern. A magnificent blend of travel journal, cultural commentary, and historical insight, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon probes the troubled history of the Balkans and the uneasy relationships among its ethnic groups. The landscape and the people of Yugoslavia are brilliantly observed as West untangles the tensions that rule the country's history as well as its daily life.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

by Christopher Hitchens Rebecca West

Written on the brink of World War II, Rebecca West's classic examination of the history, people, and politics of Yugoslavia illuminates a region that is still a focus of international concern. A magnificent blend of travel journal, cultural commentary, and historical insight, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon probes the troubled history of the Balkans and the uneasy relationships among its ethnic groups. The landscape and the people of Yugoslavia are brilliantly observed as West untangles the tensions that rule the country's history as well as its daily life.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia

by Christopher Hitchens Rebecca West

Written on the brink of World War II, Rebecca West's classic examination of the history, people, and politics of Yugoslavia illuminates a region that is still a focus of international concern. A magnificent blend of travel journal, cultural commentary, and historical insight, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon probes the troubled history of the Balkans and the uneasy relationships among its ethnic groups. The landscape and the people of Yugoslavia are brilliantly observed as West untangles the tensions that rule the country's history as well as its daily life.

Blaming the Victims: Spurious Scholarship and the Palestinian Question

by Edward W. Said Christopher Hitchens

Crimes happen everywhere in this world, this book provides stories of the victims, what and how they have been through.

Blood, Class and Empire

by Christopher Hitchens

Since the end of the Cold War so-called experts have been predicting the eclipse of America's "special relationship" with Britain. But as events have shown, especially in the wake of 9/11, the political and cultural ties between America and Britain have grown stronger. Blood, Class and Empire examines the dynamics of this relationship, its many cultural manifestations--the James Bond series, PBS "brit Kitsch," Rudyard Kipling--and explains why it still persists. Contrarian, essayist and polemicist Christopher Hitchens notes that while the relationship is usually presented as a matter of tradition, manners, and common culture, sanctified by wartime alliance, the special ingredient is empire; transmitted from an ancien regime that has tried to preserve and renew itself thereby. England has attempted to play Greece to the American Rome, but ironically having encouraged the United States to become an equal partner in the business of empire, Britain found itself supplanted.

Blood, Class and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies

by Christopher Hitchens

America's "special relationship" with Britain goes largely unexamined. The author shows that the "special" ingredient in the relationship is a compound of empire, transmitted from an ancient regime that has tried to preserve and renew itself thereby.

The Christopher Hitchens 4-Book Collection

by Christopher Hitchens

"Christopher Hitchens is the greatest essayist in the English language." --Christopher Buckley Christopher Hitchens has long been considered on of the most compelling and intelligent writers and orators on our time. In this four-volume eBook bundle, no subject is left unconsidered in Hitchens's hands: from the case against god and religion in God Is Not Great; to various "Amusements, Annoyances, and Disappointments" in Arguably -- the Ten Commandments, the concept of "funny"; from a memoir tracing his storied life in Hitch-22 to a raw and honest meditation on life and death in Mortality, his last book before his death in 2011. Provocative and perceptive, unabashed and polemical, The Christopher Hitchens 4-Book Ebook Collection is the essential reader for any Hitchens fan. GOD IS NOT GREAT: HOW RELIGION POISONS EVERYTHING HITCH-22: A MEMOIR ARGUABLY: ESSAYS MORTALITY

Christopher Hitchens and His Critics

by Christopher Hitchens Thomas Cushman Simon Cottee

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.

Cyprus

by Christopher Hitchens

Discussion of the conflicts involving Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus and the effects of this conflict on the rest of the world.

Diaries

by George Orwell Christopher Hitchens Peter Davison

A major literary event--the long-awaited publication of George Orwell's diaries, chronicling the events that inspired his greatest works. This groundbreaking volume, never before published in the United States, at last introduces the interior life of George Orwell, the writer who defined twentieth-century political thought. Written as individual books throughout his career, the eleven surviving diaries collected here record Orwell's youthful travels among miners and itinerant laborers, the fearsome rise of totalitarianism, the horrific drama of World War II, and the feverish composition of his great masterpieces Animal Farm and 1984 (which have now sold more copies than any two books by any other twentieth-century author). Personal entries cover the tragic death of his first wife and Orwell's own decline as he battled tuberculosis. Exhibiting great brilliance of prose and composition, these treasured dispatches, edited by the world's leading Orwell scholar, exhibit "the seeds of famous passages to come" (New Statesman) and amount to a volume as penetrating as the autobiography he would never write.

Dios no es bueno

by Christopher Hitchens

Siguiendo la tradición de Por qué no soy cristiano, de Bertrand Russell, Christopher Hitchens presenta el argumento definitivo contra la religión. A través de una interpretación profunda y erudita de las principales ideas religiosas, Hitchens demuestra que la religión, producto del hombre, es peligrosamente represiva y distorsiona la explicación de nuestro origen en el universo. El autor propone una vida laica, basada en la ciencia y la razón, en la que cielo e infierno ceden su lugar a la visión del universo del telescopio Hubble.

El enemigo

by Christopher Hitchens

Con la muerte de Osama bin Laden y las revueltas en los países árabes, el mundo parece cerrar una época. En El enemigo, Christopher Hitchens reflexiona acerca de la figura que atemorizó a Occidente durante diez años, su final y su sangriento y finalmente fallido legado.

First in Peace

by Christopher Hitchens Conor Cruise O'Brien

Just before he died after a long and distinguished international career as a politician, commentator, and author, Conor Cruise O'Brien completed a study of George Washington's presidency. Cruise O'Brien has been described as "a man who so persistently asks the right questions" (The Economist), and in this, his last book, he explores the question of how early America's future was determined.First in Peace considers the dissension between Washington and Jefferson during the first U.S. presidency, and reveals Washington's clear-sighted political wisdom while exposing Jefferson's dangerous ideology. Cruise O'Brien makes the case that Washington, not Jefferson, was the true democrat, and commends his clarity of vision in restoring good relations with Britain, his preference for order and pragmatism, and his aversion to French political extremism.

God: The Failed Hypothesis

by Christopher Hitchens Victor J. Stenger

Throughout history, arguments for and against the existence of God have been largely confined to philosophy and theology, while science has sat on the sidelines. Despite the fact that science has revolutionized every aspect of human life and greatly clarified our understanding of the world, somehow the notion has arisen that it has nothing to say about the possibility of a supreme being, which much of humanity worships as the source of all reality. This physicist and author contends that, if God exists, some evidence for this existence should be detectable by scientific means, especially considering the central role that God is alleged to play in the operation of the universe and the lives of humans. Treating the traditional God concept, as conventionally presented in the Judeo-Christian and Islamic traditions, like any other scientific hypothesis, Stenger examines all of the claims made for God's existence. He considers the latest Intelligent Design arguments as evidence of God's influence in biology. He looks at human behavior for evidence of immaterial souls and the possible effects of prayer. He discusses the findings of physics and astronomy in weighing the suggestions that the universe is the work of a creator and that humans are God's special creation. After evaluating all the scientific evidence, Stenger concludes that beyond a reasonable doubt the universe and life appear exactly as we might expect if there were no God. This paperback edition of the New York Times bestselling hardcover edition contains a new foreword by Christopher Hitchens and a postscript by the author in which he responds to reviewers' criticisms of the original edition.

God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

by Christopher Hitchens

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's recent bestseller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

by Christopher Hitchens

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's recent bestseller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate caseagainst religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science andreason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetryof the double helix.

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

by Christopher Hitchens

When Hitchens (contributing editor, Vanity Fair) asserts, as he does in the subtitle, that "religion poisons everything," he's not kidding. He believes that the argument with faith "is the foundation and origin of all arguments, because it is the beginning--but not the end--of all arguments about philosophy, science, history, and human nature." His polemical attack on religion portrays it as prone to violence, destructive of valuable human knowledge, sexually repressive, socially regressive, and just plain irrational. Those readers wondering if the title of the book, alluding to the standard Muslim invocation "God is great" ("Allahu Akbar"), means that this volume is aimed primarily at supporting Hitchens's well-known antipathy towards "Islamo-fascism" and support for the "War on Terror" should be assured that he tosses his polemical barbs at other religious targets here as well, including Christianity and Buddhism. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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