Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer
In the motion picture `Patton,' the general bellows out over the battlefield with Rommel's tanks running off in defeat, "Rommel, you magnificent s.o.b., I read your book."
Hitchens read the enemy's book and Dawkins did not. Hitchens destroys the scriptural foundation of `God,' whereas Dawkins allows the `sheep' to follow each other over the cliff. Yes, Dawkins gives the `sheep' the facts--they will kill themselves. But, their faith tells them they are going to heaven. Faith comes from `God.' Who would they believe? The `God' who made them, or a common man?
Dawkins satisfies the unbeliever in his conviction but allows the believer to reap his toll. Hitchens gets the job done by demolishing the believer--the enemy of humanity.
Another book that goes after the believer--even more successfully--is Lucien Gregoire's `Murder in the Vatican,' I call it `The Atheist Pope.'
John Paul I who survived only 33 days in the Vatican had been brought up by an atheist father. He did not believe a ghost had appeared to Moses in the form of a burning bush and that this same ghost had contracted itself from the far reaches of space into a human body--Christ.
What's more, he did not believe in more recent ghosts. I had grown up in his diocese when he was a bishop--he often referred to Bernadette and Fatima as `cults.' He would say, "If we are to have a true church it must be built on truth, not on myth." He wanted to change the Church from a sect of ghosts reaping destruction on humanity into a real Church helping humanity.
I would get them both. Also, add 'The Portable Atheist' to your list.Murder in the Vatican: The CIA and the Bolshevik Pontiff