on 31 July 2012
While this book is on a subject that I find interesting it is unfortunate that it fails to live up to the expectations I had of it. Christopher Hitchens has, in general, written several thought provoking articles and books on the existence or non-existence of God and, as such, I was surprised to read this and find it filled with the sort of poorly thought through arguments that plague the theological discussions of 13 year old children. Throughout reading the book I had to occasionally put it down in surprise that both authors had put forward points that could so easily be torn to shreds by anybody with a rudimentary knowledge of the subject matter. On the plus side my annoyance was short lived as this "book" can be read in around an hour or less due to it's extremely short length. It is really more of a pamphlet than a book and certainly not worth the ridiculous asking price of £4.51. The price is especially criminal when you consider that many books which are far it's superior in both length and quality are of a similar price.
Over-all I would definitely not recommend buying this book.
on 1 May 2014
As with all structured debates, space and time is given to one or other party, not answering the question, not getting to the point or simply running round in circles. Yes, I admit I was clearly on the side of Hitchens before I opened the first page but Wilson's pontificating clearly left me exasperated whilst Hitchens never seems to deliver any telling points. It comes across as written / verbal jousting for the sake of it - no conclusion, no submissions, no capitulation and for the undecided no help at all.
on 12 June 2012
As a reader of both Hitchens and Wilsons work I was rather excited to get my hands on this little book. I had watched the film/documentary 'Collision' before getting to the book so fully aware of what to expect. Both authors are excellent writers, especially Hitchens, and this really does add something to this piece. Whilst I very much enjoyed reading this, the fact that it is so short was a little disappointing. A longer version of this would have allowed for for the expansion and extrapolation of the arguments contained within. However, what we do have is very cogent debate. A small piece of advice - do not include this as one of your holiday books, it will take you less than an hour to read (most likely).