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The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice | [Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Mallon (foreword)]

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beatified by the Catholic Church in 2003, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was celebrated by heads of state and adored by millions for her work on behalf of the poor. In his measured critique, Hitchens asks only that Mother Teresa's reputation be judged by her actions - not the other way around. With characteristic élan and rhetorical dexterity, Hitchens eviscerates the fawning cult of Teresa, recasting the Albanian missionary as a spurious, despotic, and megalomaniacal operative.
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Publisher's Summary

"A religious fundamentalist, a political operative, a primitive sermonizer, and an accomplice of worldly secular powers. Her mission has always been of this kind. The irony is that she has never been able to induce anybody to believe her. It is past time that she was duly honored and taken at her word."

Among his many books, perhaps none have sparked more outrage than The Missionary Position, Christopher Hitchens's meticulous study of the life and deeds of Mother Teresa. A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beatified by the Catholic Church in 2003, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was celebrated by heads of state and adored by millions for her work on behalf of the poor. In his measured critique, Hitchens asks only that Mother Teresa's reputation be judged by her actions - not the other way around.

With characteristic élan and rhetorical dexterity, Hitchens eviscerates the fawning cult of Teresa, recasting the Albanian missionary as a spurious, despotic, and megalomaniacal operative of the wealthy who long opposed measures to end poverty, and fraternized, for financial gain, with tyrants and white-collar criminals throughout the world.

©1995 Christopher Hitchens (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Michael Friedman Delmar, NY USA 06-12-12
    Michael Friedman Delmar, NY USA 06-12-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Another View of our Saint"
    What made the experience of listening to The Missionary Position the most enjoyable?

    An excellent polemic on many levels of a woman who is to the outside world a humble savior of the poor, but in reality is a woman who shills for the Catholic prohibitions against contraception and takes millions from the worst and richest elements of society and delivers unrelenting pain in the name of Jesus Christ.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Excellent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mother Pain.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    J. Blackwell Arizona 01-09-13
    J. Blackwell Arizona 01-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Christipher goes where everyone is afraid to go."
    Where does The Missionary Position rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks very high as I have stated in previous reviews I love anything that Christopher Hitchens writes. He is not afraid to say anything or take on any one in power.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christopher was able to show just what went on with Mother Teresa and how she really wasn't the person that so many thought she was. I liked the story where she was asked to return the money that Charles Keating had stolen and sent to her. Just one of many stories where you had to question why she aligned herself with the people she did.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard him before but he did well with this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, as usual I found myself asking, what is he going to bring out next.


    Any additional comments?

    A very interesting story about how certain people can reach a level where they and their actions are never questioned. And to do so is considered to be in very poor taste. I think the reader will be shocked at the things that were never made public about Mother Teresa.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Hope Nacogdoches, TX, United States 06-25-12
    Hope Nacogdoches, TX, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2006

    Professor, PhD, and very eclectic reader!

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    "Interesting... but obviously biased"

    This book has an interesting take on the life of Mother Theresa. However, it is obviously only presenting one side of the story, so if you are looking for a balanced account, you should find another source. But overall, this is a perspective that few take, and I enjoyed the book, even if it is not one that I fully endorse.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Hewlett, NY, United States 09-25-12
    Scott Hewlett, NY, United States 09-25-12
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    Christopher Hitchens is one of the best story tellers. His books not only entertain, they teach as well.

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    W. Myers Chicago, IL USA 03-14-13
    W. Myers Chicago, IL USA 03-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hitchens at his best!"

    Excellent, albeit relatively brief, analysis of the phenomenon that is Mother Teresa. Glad I purchased it. My only reservation was the production quality of the narration. It sounded as though it had been recorded once, and then edits inserted that were recorded under different conditions resulting in often times jarring changes in ambiance and tone. And while Simon Prebble is a laudable narrator, I would have preferred Mr. Hitchens himself.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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