Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature. He is a fervent atheist, raised as a Christian, by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide.
In other words, Christopher Hitchens contains multitudes. He sees all sides of an argument. And he believes the personal is political.
This is the story of his life, lived large.
©2010 Christopher Hitchens (P)2010 Hachette
The book starts off really movingly as Hitch describes his family. The further he moves into his adult career the more it starts to alternately like a vehicle for name dropping and an extended self-justification for his political change of heart.
Might listen to this again. Christopher was a learned and articulate individual. Lots of depth to each sentence.
His brother Peter's "The Rage Against God." Peter's book centers purely on religion, but is also nearly a quarter of the length of "Hitch-22." Introspective insight from these two men were very valuable to me.
Christopher's recounting of a fan of his that, inspired by his work and his own moral motivations, became a soldier in the U.S. military and bravely (yet unknowingly) sacrificed himself for the sake of others. It's an anecdote that transcends the political spectrum, religious beliefs, and worldviews common and nuanced.
Note that there is some cursing, and Christopher is not afraid to infer sexual intimacy. It's worth examining if you're able to stomach that, however.
I really enjoy the writing of Christopher Hitchens. He's very articulate, humorous, and open-minded. I am pretty well read person, But he is an extremely well read person. I sometimes find his pros and cultural references to be well out of my league. But I can say that he always inspires me to go out and learn something new.
My one other criticism would be in Hitchens' narration, which can be a little garbled at times, especially when he speaks more quickly and tails off at the end of some sentences.
That being said, I would highly recommend this work to anybody who enjoys the words of Christopher Hitchens and would learn like to know more about his life.
History enthusiast with military and legal background.
Even if you disagree with the man, you have to respect him. If you are a believer in the unbelievable you should listen to his arguments and see if there is something there.
Witty, Illuminating, Dynamic
I had not read his essays on the Iraq war and I am still very much opposed to it but I found what he wrote to be compelling in some ways. Enough so that I had a young woman in my course who was in Iraq for 6 tours, she was very disheartened by her experience, and I felt that perhaps what Hitchens wrote might give her a perspective that she had been needing (if I may project my thoughts into her spirit). I suggested to her that she read or listen to this text or one of his lectures on youtube and for my last project, she produced a piece based on her experiences in Iraq. She told me that all her others professors had asked her to bring her memories of war into her work and that she never had done so, but that she felt comfortable doing so for me. Perhaps that was Mr. Hitchens. I would like to think so.
I found much of this book to be extremely captivating. At times I did laugh and at others what Hitchens speaks of is so shocking that you shudder. I enjoy memoir's and to have the author read it himself was a great treat.
I had read some reviews about Hitchens' narration and I must say that I had no difficulty, in fact his voice was extremely well suited for the task. Being born in the UK, I think that what might be the issue is not so much his pronunciation, but rather his pace. I loved it though.
It's a memoir, For years I have been reading his books and when you listen to this you can close your eyes and really imagine yourself sitting down and having a scotch with the man himself while he tells you the story of his life in only the way that he can.
It's difficult to say because this is really the first memoir I have ever listened to.
It provoked thoughts. It made me want to get off my behind and be more active in the things I find important about life.
Must listen for all Hitch fans!
Not sure what to say really. I love listening to audio books. :)
If it wasn't so boring. The author's monotone mumbling was more sleep inducing than Michael Jackson's Jesus juice. lmao
His monotone mumbling voice.
While I respect and share many of his political and religious views, his book truly sucked.
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