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Full title God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything [permalink]
Language English
Author Christopher Hitchens (author)
Publisher Twelve
Category Religion
Publication year 2007
ISBN 978-0-446-50945-9 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 354
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  • One: Putting It Mildly
  • Two: Religion Kills
  • Three: A Short Digression on the Pig: or, Why Heaven Hates Ham
  • Four: A Note on Health, to Which Religion Can Be Hazardous
  • Five: The Metaphysical Claims of Religion Are False
  • Six: Arguments from Design
  • Seven: Revelation: The Nightmare of the "Old" Testament
  • Eight: The "New" Testament Exceeds the Evil of the "Old" One
  • Nine: The Koran Is Borrowed from Both Jewish and Christian Myths
  • Ten: The Tawdriness of the Miraculous and the Decline of Hell
  • Eleven: "The Lowly Stamp of Their Origin": Religion's Corrupt Beginnings
  • Twelve: A Coda: How Religions End
  • Thirteen: Does Religion Make people Behave Better?
  • Fourteen: There Is No "Eastern" Solution
  • Fifteen: Religion as an Original Sin
  • Sixteen: Is Religion Child Abuse?
  • Seventeen: An Objection Anticipated: The Last-Ditch "Case" Against Secularism
  • Eighteen: A Finer Tradition: The Resistance of the Rational
  • Nineteen: In Conclusion: The Need for a New Enlightenment
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Index
Full title Hitch-22: A Memoir [permalink]
Language English
Author Christopher Hitchens (author)
Publisher Atlantic Books
Categories Autobiography and memoir
Publication year 2011
Original publication year 2010
ISBN 978-1-84354-922-2 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 435
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  • Foreword
  • Prologue with Premonitions
  • Yvonne
  • The Commander
  • Fragments from an Education
  • Cambridge
  • The Sixties: Revolution in the Revolution
  • Chris or Christopher?
  • Havana versus Prague
  • The Fenton Factor
  • Martin
  • Portugal to Poland
  • A Second Identity: On Becoming an (Anglo) American
  • Changing Places
  • Salman
  • Mesopotamia from Both Sides
  • Something of Myself
  • Thinking thrice about the Jewish Question...
  • Edward Said in Light and Shade (and Saul)
  • Decline, Mutation, or Metamorphosis?
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
Full title Letters to a Young Contrarian [permalink]
Language English
Author Christopher Hitchens (author)
Publisher Basic Books
Categories Journalism and philosophy
Publisher series Art of Mentoring (1/15)
Publication year 2005
Original publication year 2001
ISBN 978-0-465-03033-0 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 141

A collection of imaginary letters to a young contrarian. The beginning of each letter imagines that the reader has sent a reply to the previous one, and the current one is a reply to that, so that reading the book seems to be a conversation. The book deals with how to be a public intellectual with contrary views, and how to deal with all the hardships that come with that obligation.


It's a very short book, and once started, it's very hard to put it down. Hitchens is a very eloquent writer, besides being knowledgeable and engaged. In the book he deals a little bit with his public confrontations (his criticism of Mother Theresa and Henry Kissinger, for instance), really as examples for pontificating on the life of a contrarian. There's a little part of the book that I liked where he explores various words for a contrarian, such as rebel, revolutionary, and an "angry young man".

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Full title The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice [permalink]
Language English
Author Christopher Hitchens (author)
Publisher Verso
Categories Biography, politics and religion
Publication year 1995
ISBN 978-1-85984-054-2 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 98

This 98-page little book is a very short, critical introduction to the life of Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, known popularly as Mother Theresa.

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  • Foreword and Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • A Miracle
  • Good Works and Heroic Virtues
  • Ubiquity
  • Afterword
Full title Mortality [permalink]
Language English
Authors Christopher Hitchens (author), Graydon Carter (foreword) and Carol Blue (afterword)
Publisher Twelve
Categories Anthology, autobiography, essay and memoir
Publication year 2012
ISBN 978-1-4555-2347-4 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 104

Mortality is a very short collection of essays that Hitchens wrote for Vanity Fair about his diagnosis of and living with oesophageal cancer. There are forays into other topics, but the essays mainly concern his living with cancer and all that that implies.

"To the dumb question 'Why me?' the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply: Why not?"


It's a very short book, but the essays are interesting. If you're familiar with Hitchens' output, then you know what to expect.

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Full title The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer [permalink]
Language English
Author Christopher Hitchens (foreword)
Publisher Da Capo Press
Categories Anthology, philosophy and religion
Publication year 2007
Pages 499

A huge collection of writings by atheists about religion, faith, non-religion, reason, science, and logic, with biographical information on each author. Some of them are pretty dated, but they're interesting nonetheless.

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