- Publisher: Nation Books
- Format: Paperback | 496 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 226mm x 38mm | 590g
- Publication date: 24 November 2004
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1560255803
- ISBN 13: 9781560255802
- Sales rank: 59,928
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 clich, 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.
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By Mitchell Grant 16 Mar 2012
It has become commonplace to describe the writings of Hitchens as "provocative, but never boring", and this book does not fail this descripton.
A marvellous collection of essays that will not only make you think, but also give you comedic relief.
The topic range is huge: from Churchill to Kipling to Iraq to the Sunset Strip, Hitch has covered it all with endless eloquence.
If you're reading this review, then you have probably already read Hitchens' more famous works, including is most recent collection of essays: Arguably (2011). If you loved Arguably, and whished for it to never end, then you have your wish granted right here. This older book is 100% classic Hitch.