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- Print Length: 1731 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books (15 Dec. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A25NIHK
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #229,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Long Live Hitch: Three Classic Books in One Volume Kindle Edition
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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
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.
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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