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Arguably: Essays

Christopher Hitchens (author) and Ghost (covers)
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Atlantic Books
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  • Introduction


  • Gods of Our Fathers: The United States of Enlightenment
  • The Private Jefferson
  • Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates
  • Benjamin Franklin: Free and Easy
  • John Brown: The Man Who Ended Slavery
  • Abraham Lincoln: Misery's Child
  • Mark Twain: American Radical
  • Upton Sinclair: A Capitalist Primer
  • JFK: In Sickness and by Stealth
  • Saul Bellow: The Great Assimilator
  • Vladimir Nabokov: Hurricane Lolita
  • John Updike, Part One: No Way
  • John Updike, Part Two: Mr. Geniality
  • Vidal Loco
  • America the Banana Republic
  • An Anglosphere Future
  • Political Animals
  • Old Enough to Die
  • In Defense of Foxhole Atheists
  • In Search of the Washington Novel


  • Isaac Newton: Flaws of Gravity
  • The Men Who Made England: Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall
  • Edmund Burke: Reactionary Prophet
  • Samuel Johnson: Demons and Dictionaries
  • Gustave Flaubert: I'm with Stupide
  • The Dark Side of Dickens
  • Marx's Journalism: The Grub Street Years
  • Rebecca West: Things Worth Fighting For
  • Ezra Pound: A Revolutionary Simpleton
  • On Animal Farm
  • Jessica Mitford's Poison Pen
  • W. Somerset Maugham: Poor Old Willie
  • Evelyn Waugh: The Permanent Adolescent
  • P. G. Wodehouse: The Honorable Schoolboy
  • Anthony Powell: An Omnivorous Curiosity
  • John Buchan: Spy Thriller's Father
  • Graham Greene: I'll Be Damned
  • Death from a Salesman: Graham Greene's Bottled Ontology
  • Loving Philip Larkin
  • Stephen Spender: A Nice Bloody Fool
  • Edward Upward: The Captive Mind
  • C. L. R. James: Mid Off, Not Right On
  • J. G. Ballard: The Catastrophist
  • Fraser's Flashman: Scoundrel Time
  • Fleet Street's Finest: From Waugh to Frayn
  • Saki: Where the Wild Things Are
  • Harry Potter: The Boy Who Lived


  • Why Women Aren't Funny
  • Stieg Larsson: The Author Who Played with Fire
  • As American as Apple Pie
  • So Many Men's Rooms, So Little Time
  • The New Commandments
  • In Your Face
  • Wine Drinkers of the World, Unite
  • Charles, Prince of Piffle


  • Afghanistan's Dangerous Bet
  • First, Silence the Whistle-Blower
  • Believe Me, It's Torture
  • Iran's Waiting Game
  • Long Live Democratic Seismology
  • Benazir Bhutto: Daughter of Destiny
  • From Abbottabad to Worse
  • The Perils of Partition
  • Algeria: A French Quarrel
  • The Case of Orientalism
  • Edward Said: Where the Twain Should Have Met
  • The Swastika and the Cedar
  • Holiday in Iraq
  • Tunisia: At the Desert's Edge
  • What Happened to the Suicide Bombers of Jerusalem?
  • Childhood's End: An African Nightmare
  • The Vietnam Syndrome
  • Once Upon a Time in Germany
  • Worse Than Nineteen Eighty-four
  • North Korea: A Nation of Racist Dwarves
  • The Eighteenth Brumaire of the Castro Dynasty
  • Hugo Boss
  • Is the Euro Doomed?
  • Overstating Jewish Power
  • The Case for Humanitarian Intervention


  • Victor Serge: Pictures from an Inquisition
  • André Malraux: One Man's Fate
  • Arthur Koestler: The Zealot
  • Isabel Allende: Chile Redux
  • The Persian Version
  • Martin Amis: Lightness at Midnight
  • Imagining Hitler
  • Victor Klemperer: Survivor
  • A War Worth Fighting
  • Just Give Peace a Chance?
  • W. G. Sebald: Requiem for Germany


  • When the King Saved God
  • Let Them Eat Pork Rinds
  • Stand Up for Denmark!
  • Eschew the Taboo
  • She's No Fundamentalist
  • Burned Out
  • Easter Charade
  • Don't Mince Words
  • History and Mystery
  • Words Matter
  • This Was Not Looting
  • The Other L-Word
  • The You Decade
  • Suck It Up
  • A Very, Very Dirty Word
  • Prisoner of Shelves
    • Acknowledgments
    • Index

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