Synopses & Reviews
collects the finest work by America's foremost rhetorical Pugilist (the Village Voice
) in one volume for the first time. Spanning four remarkable decades, this collection includes the author's masterful early writings on civil rights, Vietnam, and international incidents such as the Greek military junta, as well as his inflammatory and now infamous columns on the Clintons, the Catholic Church, Mother Theresa, radical Islam, and an array of meditations on contemporary politics and political figures.
From his earliest articles for the New Statesman, where he worked alongside such writers as Martin Amis, Ian McEwan and numerous others, to pieces written after his emigration to the United States for the Nation, the Atlantic, Slate.com and Vanity Fair, these Selected Writings display his rare genius, indomitable wit and singular command of language.
Arguably is a definitive summation of one of the most dazzling and influential minds in American letters that should draw new readers as well as the author's decades-old fans who would for the first time have his most signature essays collected in one volume.
"The essays in Arguably remind us of other dimensions to this singular writer and thinker that are sometimes overshadowed by the range of his political commentary....[I]n reading this collection of his thoughts, immersing yourself in the particular turns of phrase and associations of Hitchens' wit, you suddenly realize something else: You're hearing his voice again." Los Angeles Times
"Anyone who occasionally opens one of our more serious periodicals has learned that the byline of Christopher Hitchens is an opportunity to be delighted or maddened — possibly both — but in any case not to be missed....His range is extraordinary, both in breadth and altitude. He is as self-confident on the politics of Lebanon as on the ontology of the Harry Potter books....I still find Hitchens one of the most stimulating thinkers and entertaining we have, even when — perhaps especially when — he provokes." Bill Keller, New York Times Book Review
"For now, we may only say that Christopher Hitchens is at the top of his journalistic profession, and this collection commands our respect both for its flair and its ability to give pleasure." San Francisco Chronicle
"Opinions are to Christopher Hitchens what oil is to Saudi Arabia. This collection, featuring his liveliest, funniest and most infamous essays....There is a time for the balanced, even-handed and sober approach — but why bother with any of that when you could be reading someone as provocative and impish as Hitchens?" New York Post
"Vintage Hitchens. Argumentative and sometimes just barely civil — another worthy collection from this most inquiring of inquirers." Kirkus (Starred Review)
Arguably burnishes Christopher Hitchens' credentials as to quote Christopher Buckley our greatest living essayist in the English language.
About the Author
Christopher Hitchens was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Slate, and the Atlantic, and the author of numerous books, including works on Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and George Orwell. He also wrote the international bestsellers god Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Hitch-22: A Memoir, and Arguably. He died in 2011.