The first new collection of essays by Christopher Hitchens since 2004, Arguably offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers, widely admired for the clarity of his style, a result of his disciplined and candid thinking. Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the haunting science fiction of J.G. Ballard; from the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell to the persistent agonies of anti-Semitism and jihad.
Hitchens even looks at the recent financial crisis and argues for the enduring relevance of Karl Marx. The book forms a bridge between the two parallel enterprises of culture and politics. It reveals how politics justifies itself by culture, and how the latter prompts the former. In this fashion, Arguably burnishes Christopher Hitchens' credentials as - to quote Christopher Buckley - our "greatest living essayist in the English language."
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- Li_mann, Guido
Good, but not great.
A lot of the topics are outside my sphere of interest. Howeber, Hitchens has a knack for making those exciting to learn about.
Unfortunatwly, the last Hitch audiobook I listened to (can somebody please come up with a better verb for that) was "God is not great", read by the man himself. So while the presentation here is solid, it's just not the full Hitchslap.
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