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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books (Jun. 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0452159938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452159938
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,160,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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On a freezing day of brilliant sunshine in February 2003, I flew to Michigan to watch Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense, attend a Sunday-morning meeting in Dearborn. Read the first page
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Sharif on 29 Jun. 2003
Format: Paperback
The two books by the same author, by different publishers "A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq (Slate Books)" and "Regime Change" have exactly the same contents, the same headings, the same chapters. If you have bought one, no need to buy the other. I ordered both the books thinking they might be different but was surprised to see the same subject matter.
As for the contents, it provides an interesting reading to know how the author has interpreted different terms like WMDs, Pre-Emptive Strikes and Prevention, Unilateralism and Multilateralism. The book is useful to understand the arguments of the pro-war camp to an extent and thus is also an essential reading for the anti-war camp.
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The essays in this book were very influential in the run-up to the Iraq War and for that reason I recommend reading it. I recommend it however in the same way I would recommend Mein Kampf. It is fascinating if only marginally profitable by negation.

To sum it up, it deals with possibilities and not probabilities which makes it useful to fanatics, and useless to practical and sane people.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
This short book contains a series of essays for the online magazine Slate written during 2002 and 2003. In the author's words, the intention was that of testing short-term analyses against longer term ones, whilst subjecting long-term convictions to shorter-term challenges. The essays are presented unchanged; only a short preface, an introduction and an epilogue have been added.

In the intro, Hitchens sets out his convictions whilst pointing out the contradictory and sometimes completely ridiculous arguments of the anti-war Left and Right. The hilarious way he destroys the cheap slogans of the so-called peaceniks often makes the reader laugh out loud. Amongst other subjects, he thoroughly demolishes the slur that an Israeli or Zionist lobby was behind the war. He mentions the Anti-Semitic innuendo and imagery employed, and points out that the most insistent lobbyists for the new Iraq policy have been Iraqis - Muslim and Christian, Arab and Kurdish, devout and secular.

The first essay: Machiavelli in Mesopotamia, of November 7, 2002, investigates the "case against the case against regime change". The one titled Armchair General tackles the idea that non-soldiers have less right to argue for war, whilst in Terrorism, Hitchens explores the definition of the term. He refers to Claude Chabrol's film Nada that demonstrates the promiscuous cruelty of nihilistic terrorists. He describes terrorism as the tactic of demanding the impossible at gunpoint.

One of the highlights of the book is called Anti-Americanism, an investigation of its varieties on the right and left, foreign and domestic. Hitchens concludes that for foreigners, the more correct term would be Anti-Modernist and for insiders, Native Masochist.
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