For over 40 years, Christopher Hitchens wrote, with passionate commitment, on matters that others feared to broach. This assortment of essays spans his whole career and encompasses his writing on politics, literature, and religion. It is the most comprehensive collection of Hitchens' work, and contains all aspects of his wide repertoire as journalist, polemicist, and critic.
Divided into sections such as "All American", "Eclectic Affinities", and "Foreign Quarrels", it contains his views on subjects ranging from Clinton to Kissinger, Powell to Proust. Hitchens' life was one of defiance, wit, courage, and humility. He was a voice of reason, making his indelible and brilliant mark on politics and literature on both sides of the Atlantic. While his many books exist as a formidable legacy, it is his mastery of short-form journalism and criticism that constitute his lasting claim to greatness, and make Arguably a unique and not-to-be-missed anthology.
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"Intellectual and noble"
I had a brilliant idea putting this on my swimming ipod - i.e. the waterfi ipod I use when swimming. This meant I got half hour episodes three times a week for about a month. I couldn't have taken it in, in larger doses. The book consists of a wide range of articles (book reviews, political comment, foreign journalism, topical columns) from about 2001-2010. Hitchens is outspoken, honest, articulate, well informed, and noble. Noble is, I guess, a funny word to use. I mean sincere, and with good judgement and intellectual integrity. But those terms don't quite capture it because there is also the question of caring, forever trying to support the weak and dispossessed through the means of journalism.
Narration got 4 stars because it wasn't Christopher reading it himself.
"A great mind"
After having listened to two other titles written and read by Christopher Hitchens this finished off an insatiable desire to hear this mans views on a wide range of topics.Also worth looking up his work on youtube in the defence of atheism. Agreat mind which will be badly missed.
"A good collection of essays well read"
"Arguably" is a collection of essays by Christopher Hitchens on a variety of topics including waterboarding, Iraq and literature. The essays are interesting and often right in substance and you might get a few tips on books worth reading from them too. Simon Prebble reads the book clearly and with appropriate emphasis.
"A truly fantastic polemical"
I downloaded this audio book after reading several of Hitchens books. I can unequivocally state that I was not disappointed. He writes with acerbic wit, never shirking in saying what he thinks heedless of those he may anger. More often than not, his analysis is accurate and thought provoking.
Agree with him or not, he is worth listening to!
"A Great Mind"
While I wouldn't say in this collection of essays that there's something for everyone, it's almost the case.
Hitchens is a great writer with a great mind who was taken from us too soon. Even when he expresses an opinion you don't agree with he puts it so well that you can't help but nod your head.
Simple put - this collection of essays has made me smarter, as all of Hitchens works have done.
"Huge collection of work from a huge intellect"
Vivid, provocative, stimulating
An extraordinary collection of essays that could only be the product of their author’s extraordinary mind. Hitchens addresses a vast array of subjects, each time demonstrating tremendous knowledge, wit and a flair for the English language with which he sooths, seduces, applauds, provokes, mocks and excoriates like no other writer or journalist I’ve encountered. It is not a single moment in this collection that makes it so memorable, but the style and verve with which it is written.
There is something to pique almost everyone’s interest amongst the titles of the 107 pieces in this volume, but perhaps one of Hitchens’ greatest qualities was the way his writing could make those topics with which his audience hasn’t the slightest acquaintance equally engaging and stimulating.
The narrator does a fine job, speaking clearly, expressively and at appropriate speed, making him easy to listen to.
If you get through this collection without being moved to anger, amusement, sadness and delight, I'd see a doctor.
"Perfect for the commute"
Hitchens breadth of knowledge is incredible. It is hard to imagine how he found the time to acquire it all, given the endless writing, touring and debating he engaged in. In this collection of essays he mostly covers literature, politics, religion and history. You can listen to one every so often, coming back to the book whenever you have a spare twenty minutes or so and want to immerse yourself in some thought provoking ideas. There can be few ways to get better value out of your Audible credits. The narrator does a good job too. Though it is a pity there is. I longer the option of listening to the man himself.
I wasnt a fan but I was intrigued and then delighted as Hitchens is a much more subtle, various and dogmatic a writer than I had thought. Here is plenty, funny, provoking, and passionate.
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