Christopher Hitchens has recently become something of a pariah in Leftist circles with his open support for the 'War on Terror'. The anti-war coalition, or 'peaceniks' as he routinely refers to them (with no attempt to disguise his frustration), have in one way or another come to regard him as something of a traitor to their ideals and 'selling out' to the establishment.
In this collection of essays, however, we find that Hitchens has in no way abandoned his principles. The same beliefs in the importance of pluralism, secularism and cosmopolitanism are evident, and his defiance in the face of fascism are still there for all to see, but where he differs from many others on the Left is in his belief that civilised society faces enemies which must be fought. Hitchens easily rubbishes the convoluted and self-contradictory arguments of those who sought to belittle the case for war, and pours scorn on the Liberal intellectuals who continue to equivocate in the face of an enemy intent on a course of destruction and nihilism.
Hitchens writes brilliantly, powerfully, and persuasively in his erudite, acerbic style which has become so famous. A superb collection of essays from one of the few media commentators worth listening to.