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- Publisher: Phoenix Audio (Jan. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159777197X
- ISBN-13: 978-1597771979
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 3.8 x 12.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever (Abridged Edition) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Jan 2008
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"Reading all these essays together is an intellectually invigorating experience this is a fine anthology and a provocative challenge to believers." --Metro (London) 14th November 2007
"(a)t 500 pages this excellent anthology is only just portable, but it is the perfect Christmas stocking-filler for the atheist in your life." --The Guardian
"(a)fter setting the non-believing cat among the devout pigeons in America, Christopher Hitchens compiles an anthology varied enough to entertain atheists, agnostics and believers alike." --The Financial Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Some of the writings are a little difficult to read as their use of English is very dated. The book starts with the work of an arab and ends with how a Somali woman left her faith.
There is an excellent piece by one of the Penn and Teller magicians. If nothing else, read that one.
In short, it contains all the quotations and arguments an atheist might ever need, to win the inevitable arguments, in which we find ourselves so often. On top of that, it's contributors are witty, brilliant and mostly very readable. For those believers of one persuasion or another, who wish to confront the atheist argument; stay away from this book, unless you're ready to face the truth.
Good old Hitchens, his selection of writings is perfect, as we've come to expect.
Like all good collections this book should serve as an introduction to authors you may have neglected, ignored or been unaware of. For me, George Eliots essay was a very welcome surprise. Reading it made me realise what a dimwit I'd been to neglect her and encouraged me to start reading her novels with Middlemarch.
The entries by Carl Sagan, Anatole France, and the always dependable Bertrand Russell are a real treat. Ibn Warraq and Ayaan Hirsi Ali lift the cloak on Islam, Ian McEwan and others reveal the unsavoury episodes in the history of Christianity, and the poet Shelley gives us an early refutation of creationism. The writers and the writing truly are the cream of the crop. Also welcome in this volume are selected writings by Albert Einstein, whose eleven pages of letters and notes remove any lingering doubt about his repudiation of a god that takes an interest in human affairs. So much for the religiosity of the world's most famous genius.
The brief introductions by Hitch to each contribution are pitched just right: concise, illuminating, a little droll, but never nasty. He prefaces the whole collection with a longer piece that has all the passion and wit we've come to expect from him. Very few religious people will be drawn to read this book, but that's fine - this isn't that kind of book. (Those readers might like to try the excellent 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God.Read more ›
Despite the fact that I did not enjoy his introductions, I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the essay's found within this book. The essay's span from the work of Lucretius, to Hobbes, and then to modern atheists. For people that want to get a firm understanding of atheism and why people do not believe in God, you most certainty need to read this.
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I love the 'Hitch', & this book (which has taken me 4 months to read!) was a very welcome Xmas pressie from my son. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Steve Cann
Another triumph for Hitchens. A collection of erudite,amusing and downright hilarious articles demonstrating the idiocy of the religious. Read morePublished 12 months ago by johnk42
Pages 475 to 494 are missing in the book, but I've got replacement next day.
It's "portable" but a quite good brick to read. :)
Apart from Hitchen's own arguments, a collection of dissenters' writings through the ages. Up to date. Mainly showing the evil that was promoted through the old testament. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dileep Damle
what else can I say about hitch other than he was a genius god rest his soul :)Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer