And Yet...

Original Publish Date: Nov 24, 2015
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.55 hours)
Product Number: Z100136040
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781508214212
Narrator/s: Steve West
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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).

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Product Number EB00597166
Released: Nov 24, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781476772080

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"Steve West doesn't quite channel Christopher Hitchens in his fine narration of Hitchens's essays, but he has adopted enough of the author's idiosyncrasies that the voice becomes almost unsettlingly familiar. Listeners who know Hitchens from the readings he completed before his death will recognize, in particular, his irregular phrasing. The essays themselves are classic Hitchens--contrarian, erudite, well researched, opinionated, and sometimes infuriating. He devotes perhaps too much time to disassembling the reputation of G.K. Chesterton, but even that is amusing and informative. Other subjects range from Christmas (against) to Orwell (for) to self-improvement (mixed feelings). West sounds as though he owns the text and wants us to understand and share its truths. D.M.H. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"