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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Reprint edition (10 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843545861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843545866
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.9 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (523 customer reviews)
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Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was the author of Letters to a Young Contrarian, and the bestseller No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family. A regular contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic Monthly and Slate, Hitchens also wrote for The Weekly Standard, The National Review, and The Independent, and appeared on The Daily Show, Charlie Rose, The Chris Matthew's Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and C-Span's Washington Journal. He was named one of the world's "Top 100 Public Intellectuals" by Foreign Policy and Britain's Prospect.

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Dazzling... It shows Hitchens can still intellectually get it up, and
how... -- Johann Hari, The Independent

Hitchens's book will be manna to the converted -- Mary Riddell, Observer

'A serious and deeply felt book, totally consistent with his
beliefs of a lifetime. And God should be flattered: unlike most of those
clamoring for his attention, Hitchens treats him like an adult.' -- New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review

'Thank God for Christopher Hitchens. For he has written the finest
of the down-with-God books.'
-- Esquire US

...Christopher Hitchens is a master craftsman of argument... 'God
Is Not Great' is undoubtedly the most boisterously entertaining
contribution to the [atheism] debate.
-- Siobhan Murphy, Metro

Hitchens is a grand rhetorician, and his double-barrelled shotgun
of a book is high entertainment. -- Christopher Hart, Sunday Times

Like everything Christopher writes, it is often elegant,
frequently witty and never stupid or boring. -- Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday

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Christopher Hitchens, hailed as 'one of the most brilliant journalists of our time' (London Observer), takes on his biggest subject yet - the dangerous role of religion in the world. Abridged edition, read by the author. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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134 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Williamson on 16 April 2012
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Christopher Hitchens died last year and until he died I had never heard of him. I read eulogies from his fellow journalists and then heard no more until last week when, by chance, I came across some video clips of Hitchens speaking about his views on religion and I found them fascinating.

I then found that Hitchens had written a book, God is not Great: how religion poisons everything. I bought the book and have now read it.

Firstly, I have only read a couple of chapters of Richard Dawkins The God Delusion and I have to say that Hitchens did a far better job than Dawkins.

Religious people do not like God is not Great. Not because it tests their faith but because of what it reveals about what goes on in the name of religion. Hitchens tells us, almost in passing, that he has received death threats, nasty phone calls and threats of violence for holding his view that he believes that religions poison everything.

Having been born and brought up in a country where freedom of speech is taken for granted, I wonder at who it could be that would so object to someone's views that they threaten murder. That's for their conscience!

As for the book, it is entertainingly written and full of stories aimed at the three main monotheisms: Christianity, Jewry, Islam. He regales us with story after story of the things that clerics hiding under these three banners get up to and have got up to for millennia. Hitchens reveals a great number of sources too: he's not just letting off steam.

I have to say that I read this book for the overview it provided and not to learn the deep and detailed information that Hitchens sometimes goes into: it's there if you want it, of course.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MiB on 7 Mar. 2012
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"This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill.... " Morpheus, The Matrix 1999.

Hitchens does not set out to disprove the existence of God. During the book he does point out some of the glaring inconsistencies and sickening immoralities contained in the main religious texts. But this is not its main focus. What he does is attack in devastating and visceral terms the last real defence upon which religions fall back - that we need them to make us behave better. Hitchens exposes the murder; needless death; restriction of free thought and scientific progress; child abuse (both physical and mental); and repression that are not just incidental to, but an essential part of all major religions.

The book is articulately argued by someone whose command of English is outstanding, without becoming inaccessible (with the minor exception of chapter 18) or verbose. The arguement in chapter 17 is a little weak, but apart from that the main point of the book is relentlessly driven home in an often witty way.

For believers - you may want to stick with the blue pill and not read the book.
For me this book burned away any semblence of doubt that religion is a good thing. This book is the red pill. It will free your mind.
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399 of 433 people found the following review helpful By Simon Hall on 13 May 2009
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This book is EXTREMELY well written. Witty, informative, and determined.

Many one-star-ers have noted that this book is one of two things:

1. The Atheist Camp claim that this book is not as 'good' as the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins - the arguments are difficult to follow, it's not as scientific or academic as it might be.

Well, Christopher is not a scientist. The book is a fantastic diatribe against the parties of God - it doesn't claim to be anything more. It's a wonderful contribution to atheistic literature. It's funny, clever and well-researched. It's not supposed to be an academic thesis.

2. The God Camp claim that Hitchens succeed in attacking religion, but doesn't manage to prove that God himself does not exist.

While he outlines his reasons for not believing in God, Hitchens does not set out to prove that God does not exist. He sets out to do what it says underneath his main title - to demonstrate how religion poisons everything - and he does a fantastic job.

This book is highly recommended to those who want to laugh and cry at the same time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AmazonianBuyer on 12 Sept. 2012
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After watching many debates in which Hitchens systematically picked apart many of the world's religions, I though that I must get this, the Hitchens 'Bible', for want of a better term.

An exquisite book with complex yet accessible arguments against a myriad aspects of almost every popular religion in the world. His case against Buddhism, as just one example, is both provocative and vindicating; highly educational.

A fantastic book for the non-believer, or the agnostic, or even the theist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. keir on 25 Sept. 2010
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The book "God is not great" looks at religion in a way i never thought was possible, Christopher Hitchens uses both history and philosophy to show religion is in fact inherently evil. Hitchens takes us through the old and new testament, showing us quotes you would of thought more linked to the devil than Moses for example when Moses addresses his generals after a battle and rages at them for sparing so many civilians and says "Now, therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known a man a man by lying with him. But all woman/children that hath not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourself."
I was also suprised and disgusted to find out religious people mutilate defenceless infints genitals in the most repulsive ways, the Rabbi given seven children herpes which killed two of them, is surprisingly not as bad as what Muslims do to little girls.
I was shocked to find out how millions die in Africa evey year because the Catholic church tells them "Condoms transmit AIDS.". This is a fascinating and alarming book writen very eloquently, i will be reading more of Hitchens engrossing work.
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