The seminal, uncollected essays—lauded as “dazzling” (The New York Times Book Review)—by the late Christopher Hitchens, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller God Is Not Great, showcase the notorious contrarian’s genius for rhetoric and his sharp rebukes to tyrants and the ill-informed everywhere.
For more than forty years, Christopher Hitchens delivered essays to numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic that were astonishingly wide-ranging and provocative. His death in December 2011 from esophageal cancer prematurely silenced a voice that was among the most admired of contemporary voices—writers, readers, pundits and critics the world over mourned his loss.
At the time of his death, Hitchens left nearly 250,000 words of essays not yet published in book form. “Another great book of essays from a writer who we wish were still alive to produce more copy” (National Review), And Yet… ranges from the literary to the political and is a banquet of entertaining and instructive delights, including essays on Orwell, Lermontov, Chesterton, Fleming, Naipaul, Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, and Dickens, among others, as well as his laugh-out-loud self-mocking “makeover.” The range and quality of Hitchens’s essays transcend the particular occasions for which they were originally written, yielding “a bounty of famous scalps, thunder-blasted targets, and a few love letters from the notorious provocateur-in-chief’s erudite and scathing assessments of American culture” (Vanity Fair). Often prescient, always pugnacious, formidably learned, Hitchens was a polemicist for the ages. With this posthumous volume, he remains, “America’s foremost rhetorical pugilist” (The Village Voice).
Even several years removed from Hitchens's death in 2011, the provocative, probing, and prolific writer remains one of this era's most mesmerizing and combative social commentators and public intellectuals, as this collection vividly reminds readers. Brimming with laconic wit, drollery, and unapologetic, fiercely held viewpoints, these reviews and articles mostly originate from the '00s and first appeared in publications such as Slate, Vanity Fair (where he was a contributing editor), the Atlantic, and the New York Review of Books. The period was a tumultuous one for Hitchens: the staunch liberal dismayed many of his leftist friends by supporting the Iraq war; a committed atheist, he published his controversial but bestselling book, God Is Not Great, in 2007; and he was diagnosed with his fatal illness in 2010. Yet not even this last blow could stifle his prodigious output of wide-ranging observational essays. This collection includes glorious Wall Street Journal rant against Christmas; his insightful exploration of what makes the American South so distinctive; an unsentimental, wonderfully wry series on "self-improvement" as undertaken by the notoriously hard-drinking heavy smoker; and other examples of his ever-incisive, sometimes controversial opinions on society, world affairs, politicians, and authors. They add up to a fitting addition to Hitchens's legacy.
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Fantastic collection of Hitchens' work.
Though this volume contains more of his musings of the past 20 years or so, it offers further insight and diverting course of thought from Hitchens. It is a close competitor to his previous collection, "Arguably."
Haven't read it
But I know it'll be awesome