For the Sake of Argument: Essays and Minority Reports

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Verso, Aug 31, 1994 - Literary Collections - 353 pages
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The global turmoil of the last few years has severely tested every analyst and commentator. Few have written with such insight as Christopher Hitchens about the large events—or with such discernment and wit about the small tell-tale signs of a disordered culture.

For the Sake of Argument ranges from the political squalor of Washington, as a beleaguered Bush administration seeks desperately to stave off disaster and Clinton prepares for power; to the twilight of Stalinism in Prague; from the Jewish quarter of Damascus in the aftermath of the Gulf War to the embattled barrios of Central America and the imperishable resistance of Sarajevo, as a difficult peace is negotiated with ruthless foes. Hitchens's unsparing account of Western realpolitik in the end shows it to rest on delusion as well as deception.

The reader will find in these pages outstanding essays on political assassination in America as well as a scathing review of the evisceration of politics by pollsters and spin-doctors. Hitchens's knowledge of the tortuous history of revolutions in the twentieth century helps him explain both the New York intelligentsia's flirtation with Trotskyism and the frailty of Communist power structures in Eastern Europe.

Hitchens's pointed reassessments of Graham Greene, P. G. Wodehouse and C. L. R. James, or his riotous celebration of drinking and smoking, display an engaging enthusiasm and an acerbic wit. Equally entertaining is his unsparing rogues' gallery, which gives us unforgettable portraits of the lugubrious "Dr." Kissinger, the comprehensively reactionary "Mother" Teresa, the preposterous Paul Johnson and the predictable P. J. O'Rourke.
 

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Review: For the Sake of Argument: Essays and Minority Reports

User Review  - James - Goodreads

Another vintage essay collection of Hitchens. This takes place roughly 1989-1993. Some extremely interesting pieces but there were a few confusing and dated ones as well. Read full review

Review: For the Sake of Argument: Essays and Minority Reports

User Review  - Scott - Goodreads

Wow-- what Hunter S Thompson might have been, were it not for his copious use of mind-altering drugs. At times snarky and vicious, with a gift for clearing the bullshit away in one sentence, only to ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Where Were You Standing?
7
The Hate that Dare Not Speak Its Name
51
A Game Gone Tilt
75
Cretinismo Eroico 1 17
117
Society and Its Enemies 1 59
159
Hows the Vampire?
183
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Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the author of the best-selling God Is Not Great. His books published by Verso include The Trial of Henry Kissinger, No One Left to Lie To, The Missionary Position, Unacknowledged Legislation, The Parthenon Marbles, Hostage to History, and more.

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