A Memoir

eBook - 2010
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The acid, hilarious, confessional and provocative memoirs of the bestselling author of God is Not Great - a story of a life lived large. Over the last thirty years Christopher Hitchens has established himself as one of the world's most influential public intellectuals. His originality, bravery, range and wit made him first a leading iconoclast of the political left, and then later a formidable advocate of secular liberalism. As a socialist he opposed the war in Vietnam, after September 11 he emerged as one of the fiercest advocates of war in Iraq. In this long-awaited and candid memoir, Hitchens re-traces the footsteps of his life to date, from his childhood in Portsmouth with his adoring, tragic mother and reserved naval officer father; to his life in Washington DC, the base from which he would launch fierce attacks on tyranny of all kinds. Along the way, he recalls the girls, the boys and the booze; the friendships and the feuds; the grand struggles and lost causes; and the mistakes and misgivings that have characterised his life. Hitch-22 is, by turns, moving and funny, charming and irascible and inspiring. Agree or disagree, love him or hate him, readers of Hitch-22 have all agreed on one thing: they can't ignore him. This provocative memoir is an indispensable companion to the life and thought of an outstanding political writer.
Publisher: 2010
ISBN: 9781742692791
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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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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