R P Jackson

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Arguably by Christopher Hitchens
Arguably by Christopher Hitchens
74 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars R P Jackson, 18 Oct 2011
The diversity and depth of Hitchens's erudition, his understanding, his perception, is almost intimidating. Yes, his reach does, on occasion, extend beyond his grasp; but never without troubling the air above embers that can illuminate as well as burn. At his best (e.g. 'The Vietnam Syndrome', 'Believe Me, It's Torture', or any one of his masterful reviews) his writing is sublime and his insight invaluable. At his worst, he is simply interesting.

For all the sound and fury that surround his opinions on religion and humanitarian intervention, Hitchens stands as the greatest essayist of our time: Reading this collection one cannot help but feel that once that sound and fury has… Read more
Philosophy: 100 Essential Thinkers by Philip Stokes
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is wonderfully terse book that does a marvelous job of distilling and explaining a great number of complicated theories.

I was given this as a gift at the start of my undergrad degree and still find myself referring back to now, 6 years later. There is something worthwhile to be gleaned from each of the 100 entries: The best 'quick-reference' book I own.