The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

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Christopher Hitchens
Da Capo, 2007 - Philosophy - 499 pages
From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of God Is Not Great, a provocative and entertaining guided tour of atheist and agnostic thought through the ages--with never-before-published pieces by Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first-ever gathering of the influential voices--past and present--that have shaped his side of the current (and raging) God/no-god debate. With Hitchens as your erudite and witty guide, you’ll be led through a wealth of philosophy, literature, and scientific inquiry, including generous portions of the words of Lucretius, Benedict de Spinoza, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, George Eliot, Bertrand Russell, Emma Goldman, H. L. Mencken, Albert Einstein, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and many others well-known and lesser known. And they’re all set in context and commented upon as only Christopher Hitchens--“political and literary journalist extraordinaire” (Los Angeles Times)--can. Atheist? Believer? Uncertain? No matter: The Portable Atheist will speak to you and engage you every step of the way.

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User Review  - adam.currey - LibraryThing

A collection of writings from many and varied sources, collated by Hitchens, each with an introductionary paragraph. Probably one best for picking at, rather than reading cover to cover. Read full review

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User Review  - Michael_Rose - LibraryThing

This is more the Hitch sharing with you his favorite readings than anything else, so you're not going to find too much his beloved writing style. I admit, I had to skim some of the earlier bits, but ... Read full review

Contents

LUCRETIUS from De Rerum Natura On the Nature
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Richard Le Gallienne
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BENEDICT DE SPINOZA TheologicalPolitical Treatise
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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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