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A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraqby Christopher Hitchens
Synopses & Reviews
Christopher Hitchens has been one of the most prolific and widely read writers on the current crisis in Iraq. This book is his polemic. What makes his pro-war argument particularly interesting is that Hitchens is a self-described "democrat, humanitarian, and radical" and thus makes a strange bedfellow for Bush. Now that regime change is inevitable, this book is Hitchens' take on why this war was the only just and moral act. It's his aim to instantly historicize the debate behind the war. We'll combine his existing writing with new text. In recent opeds he trashes anti-war arguments of his fellow liberals-in his trademark highly abrasive voice. Some examples are:
The book will be composed of both existing and new material: 50% will be his 22 essays written for Slate.com in which he trashes the anti-war arguments of his fellow democrats. 25% will be essays in response to various war related issues. These will include an essay from The Wall Street Journal on the hypocritical French anti-war policy, an article from Seattle Weekly in response to what Hitchens calls the "potlucking peacenicks" of the anti-war movement, and a piece on highjackers from The Nation. Finally, 25% will be all new material. This portion will include writing from during and after his recent trip to Iraq. In closing, Hitchens will reveal the public figures that spoke out either for or against the war, including Norman Mailer, the Pope, Jimmy Carter, and among others the Canadian Prime Minster, Hitchens will reveal what they said, and hold them accountable for what he considers highly inflammatory and irresponsible comments.
Book News Annotation:
Political commentator Hitchens continues his rightward lurch towards unquestioning support of American militarism in this series of dispatches partly written from Baghdad for the online magazine Slate. Penning the essays between November 2002 and April 2003, Hitchens spends little time reporting, devoting most of his effort to demonizing Saddam Hussein (not a difficult task) and throwing barbs at all the critics of plans to unleash the cluster bombs and depleted uranium on the weak and starved nation as being naive coddlers of "evil," even prematurely mocking former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter for suggesting that the war might be unwinnable. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
One of our most respected and controversial liberal thinkers makes the case for war in Iraq. Written in his trademark contrarian voice, Untitled on Iraq is comprised of Hitchens' essays on the justification for war in Iraq and other related issues written for Slate.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and more, as well as 25% new material on the war
About the Author
Hitchens is a widely published polemicist, author of many books, and frequent TV commentator, "whom some consider the finest political essayist writing... today." (Washington Times) He writes for Slate.com, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, The Atlantic, Newsweek International, and the Washington Post, and is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. Hitchens sometimes appears on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Charlie Rose, Uncommon Knowledge, and CSPAN's Washington Journal.
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