"The controversial pundit dishes out and takes punishment in this
anthology of rancorous essays by him and the leftist comrades he
abandoned to embrace the invasion of Iraqa]There's red meat aplenty
for pro- and anti- Hitchens readersa]"
aHitchensas style is so dazzling it is easy to forget that it is
rooted in a solid belief in secularism, feminism, and reason. These
are the core principles of the Left and we have no choice but to
defend them. As they are assaulted by psychopathic Islamistsabroad
and betrayed by empty headed phonies at home, it is good to know
that Hitchens is on our side.a
--Nick Cohen, columnist, "The Observer"
aCottee and Cushman have produced not only a priceless
collection of Christopher Hitchens's key writings over the past few
years; they have also documented wonderfully the most essential
characteristics of the post-9/11 Anglo-American left. Christopher
Hitchens and His Critics is must reading for anybody interested in
the big topics befalling our lives.a
--Andrei S. Markovits, University of Michigan
Christopher Hitchens--political journalist, cultural critic,
public intellectual and self-described acontrariana--is one of the
most controversial and prolific writers of his generation. His most
recent book, "God is Not Great," was on the "New York Times"
bestseller list in 2007 for months. Like his hero, George Orwell,
Hitchens is a tireless opponent of all forms of cruelty,
ideological dogma, religious superstition and intellectual
obfuscation. Once a socialist, he now refers to himself as an
aunaffiliated radical.a As a thinker, Hitchens is perhaps best
viewed as apost-ideological, a in that his intellectual sourcesand
solidarities are strikingly various (he is an admirer of both Leon
Trotsky and Kingsley Amis) and cannot be located easily at any one
point on the ideological spectrum. Since leaving Britain for the
United States in 1981, Hitchensas thinking has moved in what some
see as contradictory directions, but he remains an unapologetic and
passionate defender of the Enlightenment values of secularism,
democracy, free expression, and scientific inquiry.
The global turmoil of the recent past has provoked intense
dispute and division among intellectuals, academics, and other
commentators. Hitchensas writing during this time, particularly
after 9/11, is an essential reference point for understanding the
genesis and meaning of that turmoil--and the challenges that
accompany it. This volume brings together Hitchensas most incisive
reflections on the awar on terror, a the war in Iraq, and the state
of the contemporary Left. It also includes a selection of critical
commentaries on his work from his former leftist comrades, a set of
exchanges between Hitchens and various left-leaning interlocutors
(such as Studs Terkel, Norman Finkelstein, and Michael Kazin), and
an introductory essay by the editors on the nature and significance
of Hitchensas contribution to the world of ideas and public debate.
In response, Hitchens provides an original afterword, written for
Whatever readers might think about Hitchens, he remains an
intellectual force to be reckoned with. And there is no better
place to encounter his current thinking than in this provocative
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