Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left Christopher Hitchens Simon Cottee Thomas Cushman Richard Seymour Rhys Southan Jamie Glazov Juan Cole George Scialabba
  • Title: Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left
  • Author: Christopher Hitchens Simon Cottee Thomas Cushman Richard Seymour Rhys Southan Jamie Glazov Juan Cole George Scialabba
  • ISBN: 9780814716878
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Paperback
  • Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left Christopher Hitchens Simon Cottee Thomas Cushman Richard Seymour Rhys Southan Jamie Glazov Juan Cole George Scialabba Christopher Hitchens and His Critics Terror Iraq and the Left Christopher Hitchens political journalist cultural critic public intellectual and self described contrarian is one of the most controversial and prolific writers of his generation His most recent
    Christopher Hitchens, political journalist, cultural critic, public intellectual and self described contrarian, 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, iChristopher Hitchens, political journalist, cultural critic, public intellectual and self described contrarian, 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 unaffiliated radical As a thinker, Hitchens is perhaps best viewed as post ideological, in that his intellectual sources and 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, Hitchens 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 Hitchens writing during this time, particularly after 9 11, is an essential reference point for understanding the genesis and meaning of that turmoil 151 and the challenges that accompany it This volume brings together Hitchens most incisive reflections on the war on terror, 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 Hitchens contribution to the world of ideas and public debate In response, Hitchens provides an original afterword, written for this collection.p pWhatever 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 volume.
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    About Christopher Hitchens Simon Cottee Thomas Cushman Richard Seymour Rhys Southan Jamie Glazov Juan Cole George Scialabba


    1. Christopher Eric Hitchens was an English born American author, journalist and literary critic He was a contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, World Affairs, The Nation, Slate, Free Inquiry and a variety of other media outlets Hitchens was also a political observer, whose best selling books the most famous being God Is Not Great made him a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits He was also a media fellow at the Hoover Institution.Hitchens was a polemicist and intellectual While he was once identified with the Anglo American radical political left, near the end of his life he embraced some arguably right wing causes, most notably the Iraq War Formerly a Trotskyist and a fixture in the left wing publications of both the United Kingdom and United States, Hitchens departed from the grassroots of the political left in 1989 after what he called the tepid reaction of the European left following Ayatollah Khomeini s issue of a fatwa calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie, but he stated on the Charlie Rose show aired August 2007 that he remained a Democratic Socialist The September 11, 2001 attacks strengthened his embrace of an interventionist foreign policy, and his vociferous criticism of what he called fascism with an Islamic face He is known for his ardent admiration of George Orwell, Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson, and for his excoriating critiques of Mother Teresa, Henry Kissinger and Bill Clinton.Hitchens was an anti theist, and he described himself as a believer in the Enlightenment values of secularism, humanism, and reason enpedia wiki Christop


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    1. Ok my earlier review sucked Jen is probably right.The book contains Hitchens essays on the war on terror or, the war on theocratic fascism, as he calls it , the Iraq war, the western politcal Left, and a selection of responses from western critics.What s most impressive here is how Hitchens accurately diagnoses the false assumptions and neuroses of political thinkers of all stripes His summation of the common psychological features of European fascism and jihadism The disturbing overlap between [...]

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    2. An excellent study of Hitchens views on terror, Iraq and the left as well a decent compendium of hapless critics that are nevertheless interesting Of note is Noam Chomsky who pussied out and would not allow the editors of this book to publish his critique of Hitchens This leaves us with just a short summery of his views The editors did a good job of not only calling out Chomsky and for including a web link to his piece.

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    3. How shady it is that our modern leftists and peaceniks can detect fascism absolutely everywhere except when it is actually staring them in the face.

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    4. After reading Christopher Hitchens and His Critics Terror, Iraq, and the Left , edited by his obvious admirers, Thomas Cushman and Simon Cottee, I was very disappointed After 40 or so pages, by his self commiseration and his constant references to his critics as stupid or foolish, with constant remarks along the lines of only a fool would trust the Bush Administration to see all of this, concerning a failure to advise the Iraqis of the objectives of the UN invasion But it is not only conservativ [...]

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    5. A thorough going over, through article reprints, of the Hitchens position, counterbalanced with opponents pieces The book brilliantly demonstrates the best and worst of both sides and I wish that I d read it when it was first published I also wish there was of the type of book out there, across a range of subjects.

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    6. Thus continues my long and tempestuous relationship with Hitch.If you thought that last sentence was self involved and pretentious, pass on this book This is a collection of essays by Hitch about the Left and Iraq It documents his turn away from Leftist politics toward somethingelse It also features replies by many of his critics and ex friends However, the volume suffers from poor editing, repetitive essays, and an overly long and to Hitchens as a defender or reason against the left Some of the [...]

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