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    Title
    Arguably
    Subtitle
    Essays by Christopher Hitchens
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher Hitchens
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 816
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 56 mm
    Weight: 1,225 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781455502776
    ISBN 10: 1455502774
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DNF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    DC21: 814.54
    B&T General Subject: 500
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11500
    DC22: 814.54
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    BISAC V2.8: LCO010000
    DC22: 814/.54
    B&T Approval Code: A10170000
    BISAC V2.8: POL042020
    B&T Approval Code: A26454500
    LC classification: PN4874.H52 A5 2011
    Thema V1.0: DNL
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Little, Brown & Company
    Imprint name
    Grand Central Publishing
    Publication date
    01 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
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    Review quote
    "Opinions are to Christopher Hitchens what oil is to Saudi Arabia. This collection, featuring his liveliest, funniest and most infamous essays....There is a time for the balanced, even-handed and sober approach - but why bother with any of that when you could be reading someone as provocative and impish as Hitchens?" ""The New York Post"""