A Memoir

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Twelve, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780446540339
Characteristics: x, 435 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Hitch-twenty-two


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Jan 19, 2015

Great book that brought me through a journey from the 1960s all the way to the 21st century about world events, politics and continue to prompt me on my role in this world as a human being, which is not to take sides but rather to judge what is right and stand up for truth, equality and peace. It gives me a third alternative to be a contrarian ...

mikelindq Jun 12, 2014

Pure Hitchens: Witty, contradictory, insightful, articulate, shocking, funny, infuriating, thought-provoking, pedantic, polarizing ... and mesmerizing. What a ride. I didn't want it to end.

rgoodman1 Apr 03, 2012

Comment privileges are the bane of modern man (and woman)

jlazcan Oct 15, 2011

For all his accolades it seems that Mr. Hitchens spends his entire memoir trying to impress the reader with his knowledge. He continuously references totally obscure works that only someone with a PhD in Pretentiousness could enjoy. I like Hitchens, but this book seems to be used more to stroke his own ego than describe his life. He does not even attempt to tell an interesting story.. The book is exhausting and a disappointment. I think most critics give it a positive review because they do not want to admit that they have no idea what Hitchens is writing about.

May 28, 2011

WAY WAY WAY too intellectual for my tastes. I love memoirs but preferred Christopher Buckley's (another name-dropping, self-satisfied privileged white dude) writing to this guy's. If you're into high-minded, artful prose, this might be the book for you.

debwalker Dec 10, 2010

"This book is not, strictly speaking, a memoir, but it does offer intriguing biographical details--later made more compelling with the revelation of his illness--mixed generously with fierce and brilliant opinions. Whether I agree or disagree with Hitchens on a particular subject, I still love to watch his mind at work and at play."
Top Ten Books of 2010: Robert Gray

Oct 01, 2010

clever and entertaining, but not overly interesting


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