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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2014
This is three books in one volume and am still only halfway through the second book so am unable to comment on the full volume.
Being a martyr is about dying for what you believe in, not about killing yourself and deliberately murdering others in the process! Surely this is not what religion is about or intended for? Control, indoctrination and murder!
I like the way Christopher Hitchens writes, honest and direct. I l love how he clearly points out how all religions are all man-made, and they are. How the birth of Jesus was arranged and staged to fit in with an age old ritualistic prophesy and how Christianity was created many years after his death.
I found this book to be honest, exciting and refreshing. Although an atheist, Hitchens does not mock or ridicule the various religions around, even having several friends who are devout in their beliefs. I only wish he was still alive today as he would be one of those extremely interesting and entertaining people you'd love to invite to a dinner party
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on 28 March 2015
Successfully goes to great lengths to argue the point which perhaps everyone is already aware of but which many are programmed to subdue due to innate tribalism, fear and laziness, leading to a lack of mental inquiry and reluctance to admit the unknown.

Religion is man made nonsense.

On a more personal note, Hitchens seemed not just to be extremely intelligent and well read, but quite a courageous man in that he travelled to many dangerous parts of the world for investigative war zone journalism. He savoured going against the grain of popular opinions (and also opinions which he himself would have been expected to share, most notably, his stance on the western invasion of Iraq). His enjoyment of publically debating fearsome intellects and figures of authority showed right through to the very last days that his weakened cancerous state would allow. He lived an interesting life and his excesses of whisky and cigs no doubt hastened his demise. He is the kind of straight talking teacher I would have loved to have had teach classes at school, instead of my dullard sanctimonious provisions of a failing educational system whom I'd grown very tired of by the age of 11.
Anyway, my point is, you should read this to wake you up a little from the literal and metaphorical/physical sleep inducing drivel you've likely been forced to enure throughout your youth.
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on 4 August 2015
A great introduction to the works of Christopher Hitchens. God is Not Great totally undermines the credibility of those who still cling to the retarded belief in a supreme deity, though Rushdie was probably correct when he stated that the title was one word too long! Hitch 22 provides an in-depth understanding of the man and how his beliefs grew over time. Arguably is a solid collection of some of his best essays on a variety of topics. In total, these three books are a fantastic read. At a time when religious bigotry is on the rise, the world needs more erudite writers like Christopher Hitchens to put such beliefs where they belong - in the dustbin of history.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2013
I recall seeing Christopher Hitchens on TV and in the short air-time anyone gets to debate anything he did come across as opinionated and a shade outrageous but having read this collection of wonderful books I cannot believe there are many if any writers who are so well read and in a position to speak so authoritatively. Maybe I am influenced by a shared admiration for George Orwell but I cannot wait to read all of his other works. The man was a genius of his time and a great loss to mankind. He cuts through the myths and fables of religion and his essays are a delight to read on a wide range of issues, writers and politicians and reviews books about them which normally I wouldn't read. Despite his criticisms of others and their works he does seem to have enjoyed life and not become a depressed old bore like so many writers. Reading this makes you wonder why so many stupid people are voted into power and how the populations are so ignorant themselves to be taken in and led by politicians and religious leaders whose only real interest is personal power. maybe that is me being cynical? If you want to be stimulated buy these and begin to think for your self.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2014
Typical Hitch. Big words that us mere mortals don't understand, a critic of everyone on the planet (even himself) no matter how 'good', over-powering and opinionated etc etc.
There is no doubting the intelligence and conviction of this man. But, even a devout atheist, such as myself, will struggle in parts. It's difficult to understand his experiences if you haven't been there. Obviously well travelled and been in, and seen, some horrific things that would send a lesser mortal insane. But beware, this is not an easy read. Hitch uses his experience and knowledge of human nature to put his point across. Not to mention his command of the English language, which unfortunately, goes beyond the understanding of people like me who have a decent level of intelligence. This is the difference between Hitch and someone like Dawkins. Dawkins uses absolute scientific proof to get his point across whereas Hitch uses reason, experience and writing skills. I have yet to find a writer that drops in the middle and uses 'good plain English' to explain the futility, danger and downright stupidity of religion.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2013
Thorough, thought provoking, amusing, sincere and incontrovertible writings. I don't read much but I'm glad I started with this trio.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2014
Every chapter and every essay brilliantly written and honest and atonic to read and re-read
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on 30 August 2014
interesting point of view and well written
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2014
I bought this because I read "mortality" which I spotted on the biography shelf in the library. The writing is first rate and he is more than forthright in his style of argument, it may not be to everyone's taste but I liked it very much.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of the finest brains and most incisive wits of the 20th Century. How tragic we lost him so young.
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