The Shame Factor

January 31, 2011

When will dictators learn not to treat their people like fools?
By Christopher Hitchens

"Not long ago, a close comrade of mine was dining with a person who I can't identify beyond telling you that his father is a long-term absolutist ruler of an Arab Muslim state. "Tell me," said this scion to my friend, "is it true that there are now free elections in Albania?"
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Hitchens vs. Blair: Be it resolved that religion is a force of good in the world [Paperback]

January 28, 2011

By Christopher Hitchens, Tony Blair

From The Publisher:
Hitchens vs. Blair is the highly anticipated volume featuring two of the world''s most powerful and charismatic speakers on the controversial topic of religion.

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 Pages
Published: February 26, 2011
Publisher: House Of Anansi Press Inc
The following ISBNs are associated with this title: ISBN - 10:1770890084 ISBN - 13:9781770890084

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Submit your own personal story about how Christopher Hitchens has impacted your life

January 26, 2011

The Think Atheist Foundation invites you to submit your own personal story about how Christopher Hitchens has impacted your life.
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Coming soon.. The Quotable Hitchens: From Alcohol to Zionism

Description: This is a compendium of quotes of No. 1 "New York Times" bestselling author Christopher Hitchens, arranged by hundreds of subjects, most of it gathered in book form for the first time. "The Quotable Hitchens" gathers Eminent journalist, public intellectual, and all-around provocateur Christopher Hitchen's most pithy, scathing, inflammatory, hilarious, and intelligent commentary from the entirety of his storied career, most of it previously uncollected in book form. Drawn from his many TV appearances, debates, lectures, interviews, articles, books, and more, it will be arranged alphabetically by subject, from Atheism to Alcoholism, Mother Teresa to George Orwell, Islamofacism to Iraq, Smoking to Sex, and more.

Book Details Summary: The title of this book is The Quotable Hitchens: From Alcohol to Zionism and it was written by Christopher Hitchens, Windsor Mann (Editor). This edition of The Quotable Hitchens: From Alcohol to Zionism is in a Paperback format. This books publish date is May 2011 and it has a suggested retail price of $17.00. There are 336 pages in the book and it was published by Da Capo Pr. The 10 digit ISBN is 0306819589 and the 13 digit ISBN is 9780306819582.

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Christopher Hitchens takes on new drug regime in hope of cancer cure

By Ephraim Hardcastle

"Buoyed by a visit by his friend, playwright Sir Tom Stoppard – and a note of encouragement from ex-President George W Bush whom he’s often mocked..

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Churchill Didn't Say That

January 24, 2011

The King's Speech is riddled with gross falsifications of history.
By Christopher Hitchens

"The King's Speech is an extremely well-made film with a seductive human interest plot, very prettily calculated to appeal to the smarter filmgoer and the latent Anglophile. But it perpetrates a gross falsification of history."
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Q&A with Christopher Hitchens

Hitchens talks to Brian Lamb about his cancer, treatments, Tony Blair, Pakistan, religion, Kissinger..


Is There An Afterlife? Debate

January 22, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, at 7:30PM at the Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA.

Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris to debate Rabbi David Wolpe and Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson in a panel discussion. The topic: “Is there an afterlife?”

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An Evening with Christopher Hitchens

January 20, 2011

UPDATE II: September 2011
A trove of previously uncollected works, Arguably chronicles the moods and modes of Christopher Hitchens through his own, masterful prose.
UPDATE: ARGUABLY: Selected Essays, by Christopher Hitchens
February 2011
Spanning four decades, ARGUABLY collects Christopher Hitchens' finest essays, literary criticism and journalism in one volume for the first.

Lauren at Thoughts Thought Out posted about her visit to Washington D.C. last month and her chat with Christopher. Read her post here.

CH tells her “I just finished writing a book.."
Anyone heard or read anything on what book that would be? She doesn't have the details. Last year he said he'd re-chisel the Ten Commandments and publish a book. Could that be it? Sure, we'll know soon but we are a bit curious, aren't we?

Tunisia Grows Up

January 17, 2011

Here's hoping the Jasmine Revolution improves upon the legacy of Habib Bourguiba, the nation's first president.
By Christopher Hitchens

"Visiting Tunisia three years ago, I thought that it was easy enough to see the main problem. The state was publicly dedicated to modernity and secularism and development—what used so long ago to be called "Westernization"—but it didn't really trust its citizens to be grown-ups."
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Reflections on Political Violence

January 10, 2011

When Mumtaz Qadri shot Pakistani politician Salman Taseer, he didn't even bother to offer an excuse.

By Christopher Hitchens 

"The best political speech I ever heard was delivered by the late Paul Foot, scion of one of England's great radical and socialist families, at the Oxford Union in the late 1960s. The motion before the house was in favor of the African National Congress and its decision to renew "armed struggle" against the white supremacist regime in South Africa." 
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The Blair Hitch Project

January 7, 2011

By Christopher Hitchens

"His (Tony Blair) principal day job is to serve as mediator for the “Quartet” of powers that supervise the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process.” This means regular efforts to reconcile Muslims, Jews, and Christians in the Holy Land. Cheer up, I want to tell him. At least it's a job for life."

Full Article (Vanity Fair)

How To Make a Decent Cup of Tea

January 2, 2011

Ignore Yoko Ono and John Lennon, and heed George Orwell's tea-making advice.
By Christopher Hitchens

"Now that "the holidays"—at their new-style Ramadan length, with the addition of Hanukkah plus the spur and lash of commerce—are safely over, I can bear to confront the moment at their very beginning when my heart took its first dip." Read More (Slate)

Christopher Hitchens, Hale

January 1, 2011

By Peter Robinson

"Dinner this evening--or, rather, since it has just gone midnight, yesterday evening--with the great historian Robert Conquest and the journalist provocateur Christopher Hitchens. Christopher looked better than he has in recent photographs in Vanity Fair, and he proved utterly himself, talking about books, politics, and history for nearly three hours. I offer it as a sign of his sweet indomitability that Hitch closed the evening by reciting, from memory, this poem:
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Christopher reads from Hitch-22: A Memoir