Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

by Christopher Hitchens
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Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays by Christopher Hitchens

"I did not, I wish to state, become a journalist because there was no other ‘profession' that would have me. I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information." Love, Poverty and War: Journeys and Essays showcases America's leading polemicist's rejection of consensus and cliché, whether he's reporting from abroad in Indonesia, Kurdistan, Iraq, North Korea, or Cuba, or when his pen is targeted mercilessly at the likes of William Clinton, Mother Theresa ("a fanatic, a fundamentalist and a fraud"), the Dalai Lama, Noam Chomsky, Mel Gibson and Michael Bloomberg. Hitchens began the nineties as a "darling of the left" but has become more of an "unaffiliated radical" whose targets include those on the "left," who he accuses of "fudging" the issue of military intervention in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. Yet, as Hitchens shows in his reportage, cultural and literary criticism, and opinion essays from the last decade, he has not jumped ship and joined the right but is faithful to the internationalist, contrarian and democratic ideals that have always informed his work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786740062
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 11/24/2004
Series: Nation Books
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 1,136,246
File size: 564 KB

About the Author

Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. His numerous books include Letters to a Young Contrarian and Why Orwell Matters.

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Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christopher Hitchens is a great example of an inspired observer. As a writer, his use of the English language is unmatched, he is a journalist in the purest sense. He may have opinions that are not always digested by many of those in the main-stream media, but he backs up everything he claims with facts. Hitchens is entertaining, brilliant, and was often times the only reason I buy an issue of Vanity Fair. Write on, good sir!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good book; balanced and powerful perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hitchens' pact was with his readers. He rarely failed to evoke one of the following responses: inspiration, anger,admiration, envy. As was said of him on many occasions, he was never boring. Hitchens may not always have convinced, but he invariably provoked and he was right far more often than otherwise.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this, but it looks very interesting as I am a journalism major with a capital 'ISM!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here is a great example of an angry, disgruntled man who is attempting to make a name for himself by denigrating others. Sour grapes? Perhaps. Or perhaps an alchoholic who has not seen beauty in anything ever. A biased, unbalanced book... actually, slash that - these words give this man's work some semblance of seriousness... which is thoroughly undeserved.