- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (10 Jun. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843545861
- ISBN-13: 978-1843545866
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 804 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
God Is Not Great: The Case Against Religion Hardcover – 10 Jun 2007
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Dazzling... It shows Hitchens can still intellectually get it up, and
how... -- Johann Hari, The Independent
Hitchens's book will be manna to the converted -- Mary Riddell, Observer
'A serious and deeply felt book, totally consistent with his
beliefs of a lifetime. And God should be flattered: unlike most of those
clamoring for his attention, Hitchens treats him like an adult.' -- New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review
'Thank God for Christopher Hitchens. For he has written the finest
of the down-with-God books.'
-- Esquire US
...Christopher Hitchens is a master craftsman of argument... 'God
Is Not Great' is undoubtedly the most boisterously entertaining
contribution to the [atheism] debate.
-- Siobhan Murphy, Metro
Hitchens is a grand rhetorician, and his double-barrelled shotgun
of a book is high entertainment. -- Christopher Hart, Sunday Times
Like everything Christopher writes, it is often elegant,
frequently witty and never stupid or boring. -- Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday
About the Author
Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and Visiting Professor in liberal studies at the New School in New York. He was the author of numerous books, including works on Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, George Orwell, Mother Theresa, Henry Kissinger and Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as the international bestseller and National Book Award nominee, god Is Not Great.
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The chapter on atrocities done by secular regimes was the least convincing. Hitller and Stalin did not need religions to carry out their murders, and although they certainly had some implicit or explicit support most leaders were too scared to offer much resistance - especially if reprisals meant others were targeted.
Overall, it is an absorbing read, even though the book will convince nobody who isn’t firmly in the sceptical camp. As Christopher points out, we need a new Age of Enlightenment but alas, for hundreds of millions of people this is a long way off.
I tend to look at the one star reviews before purchasing most things on Amazon, but this time it’s clear that many of the poor reviews were written by people who hadn’t read the book all the way through.
We’ve all heard the phrase “preaching to the converted” and it’s true that this book won’t turn a religious person into an atheist. It’s more likely to just annoy them.
I began to have doubts about religion around the age of five or six, realising on my own that the Church of England was spouting a load of rubbish. What I hadn’t realised until recently was the number of people who also came to this conclusion.
This book has educated me further in the historical aspects of religion. I’d long thought that it was a method of controlling the mindless populace, I just didn’t realise how evil and cruel this control has been.
As to the comments about the title “god is not great” is obviously a play on the phrase “allahu akba” but this has gone right over the heads of some reviewers.
Honestly, read the one star reviews. Written by people who didn’t read the book “, or think themselves more knowledgeable than the author. If they can do better why aren’t their books available on Amazon?...
Whatever else your view of religion is, this book WILL have you thinking long after the last page is turned. And I'm sure that's exactly what Hitch intended.
This book has opened my mind. The author is right in much of what he says in this book, Religion for a very long time has become a charter for war and human suffering, unfortunately its disciples are now deadly and some even incredibly deluded.
The majority of the book was not new to me but I loved the injected wit and I actually found some of the arguements actually entertaining.
Regardless of your religious beliefs, if you have an open mind and enjoy reading well written, fact-based, relevant nonfiction, then I would say that you will enjoy reading this book.
The deeply religious amoung us, may find certain parts of the book upsetting as fundamental beliefs are challenged with factual, cited information.
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