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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; First Edition edition (22 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141015675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141015675
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 979,745 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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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Aug. 2005
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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.
The essay titled Evil brilliantly explores the meaning of the word.
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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.
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I thoroughly recommend this book to those interested in this controversial conflict. Hitchens as always does a wonderful job of defending his views with reason, evidence, experience and increasingly uncommon these days eloquently. However in 2012 it is patently obvious that the politicians he ultimately convinced to launch this intervention did not have anywhere near as noble intentions as he did. There again as is demonstrated in elegant style in this collection of essays a lot of those opposed to the intervention had very real and shady reasons of their own. He has come under severe criticism from an often incoherent babel that state with authority that this man sold out to the ever dreaded neo-con grand wizards. I say NO. Hitchens has been one of the few political/religious commentators steadfast and well rounded on all of his stances since he has taken them. That includes his condemnation and comparisons of Saddam with Caligula ever since witnessing first hand the cruelty of that brutal regime. Criticize his views if you wish (he would and did encourage it) but he had them for the best of reasons and defended them admirably. Iraq's Caligula is dead and its people finally have a chance to build a new republic. Give this a go if you are interested in more than the over simplistic "No war for oil" arguments.
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Read this book before the war. Extra bits with hindsight most welcome.
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