The Portable Atheist

The Portable Atheist : Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever


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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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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 36mm | 559.99g
  • 06 Nov 2007
  • The Perseus Books Group
  • Da Capo Press Inc
  • Cambridge, MA
  • English
  • 0306816083
  • 9780306816086
  • 3,804

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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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"Hitchens has returned to the Belief Wars backed by a full army...the Godless Warrior marshals in an Atheist buttress his own arguments...Hitchens is the guide as well as the commentartor linking it all together."--"San Diego Tribune"

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Very impressive compilation of the numerous writings and arguments from atheists throughout history. It reminds me of a textbook more then a casual novel. Highly recommended if you have an interest in philosophy or more
by Matt Simone