"I did not, I wish to state, become a journalist because there was no other 'profession' that would have me. I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information."
Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays showcases the Hitchens rejection of consensus and cliché, whether he's reporting from abroad in Indonesia, Kurdistan, Iraq, North Korea, or Cuba, or when his pen is targeted mercilessly at the likes of William Clinton, Mother Theresa ("a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud"), the Dalai Lama, Noam Chomsky, Mel Gibson, and Michael Bloomberg.
Hitchens began the '90s as a "darling of the left" but has become more of an "unaffiliated radical" whose targets include those on the "left", whom he accuses of "fudging" the issue of military intervention in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. Yet, as Hitchens shows in his reportage, cultural and literary criticism, and opinion essays from the last decade, he has not jumped ship and joined the right but is faithful to the internationalist, contrarian, and democratic ideals that have always informed his work.
©2012 Christopher Hitchens (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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I particularly enjoyed the essays in the second half of this book. The first 10 or so chapters I found pretty boring and plodding.
"Hitchens the Great"
Christopher Hitchens at his best a brilliant collection which shows why he is missed by those who followed him and his work on so many diverse subjects.
The author has very strong views about many people (e.g. Churchill, Mother Theresa, Bob Dylan) and I feel woe betide anyone who disagrees with him. It begins with Churchill, which I found interesting, then the rest of 'part one was very dull. Parts two and three are better. On Cuba he mentions in passing the free education and excellent (free) healthcare, then goes into detail about what he considers are negatives. What is so good about democracy which gave the world George W Bush and Tony Bliar? Not one of my favourites.
"I simply couldn't get into this book"
I'm afraid I couldn't connect with this book at all. I worked hard at concentrating but found my mind wandering all the while. I am not sure if it was the subject matter or the narrator or a combination of both. A my advice would be to think carefully before downloading and to listen to the sample which foolishly I did not.
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