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.
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"I enjoyed it, mostly"
If I had stopped half way through I would have rated it higher. I reckon I have quite a high tolerance level for public school boys, but it does start to grate just a bit, especially in the last couple of chapters when he seems to be justifying his swing from the left (lighten up Christopher, it happens to us all). I do admire the man though, because he cares about the truth and does stand up for the truth as he sees it, and there is much of interest here. Hitch reads his own book, which is generally a plus, and here most definitely is.
"Hitch 22. I miss this man and his wit."
For those of you who are on the left, this memoir may sound akin to Goldstein's Confession.
On the contrary. Mr Hitchens speaks more of being true to oneself, rather than being loyal to a doctrine ( and, eventually, a Dogma.)
we've come to have high expectations of the Hitch and I am happy to say that he on no front disappoints. fascinating life brilliantly recounted.
Get to know the man that is Hitch. Amazing content and intelligence. He is missed as a brace and critical thinker.
Brilliant memoir from a brilliant man. The audio version was read with his usual hypnotic voice and style.
What a life. What a voice: I will listen to this time and time again - has the effect of making one wish to live a more authentic life...
"One for Hitch fans"
An amazing time-picture of the era of his youth. Very ego-centric, but hey - that's Hitch
"Life lived to the full."
Christopher's death has left a huge void.
Many things have been written about the man by much greater people than me, the only thing I would say is that Hitch would be one helluva mate to have.
Being an audiobook this has been very easy to put down, but very hard to turn off.
"Essential reading for Hitch fans"
Moving, brilliant, insightful.
That this book is in Christopher Hitchens' own words.
Can't pick out any single scene.
A bit of both - well, not cry, but who could not be moved by his facing a fatal illness and his untimely death? Many of his ideas resonate with me, so I am admittedly biased in reviewing this memoir.
The man was brave, provocative and brilliant.
"An exceptional mind"
A wonderful insight into one if the greatest thinkers of our time. Sensitive, open and completely authentic; a pleasure to spend so many hours in conversation with Christopher Hitchens.
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