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Christopher Hitchens - Audio

by Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University

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Christopher Hitchens, one of the most controversial and compelling voices in Anglo-American journalism, has twice visited the Hauenstein Center -- once to give a talk on Thomas Jefferson, and once to debate his brother, Peter Hitchens, on subjects ranging from religion to the Iraq War. Hitchens has written twenty books, including biographies of Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and George Orwell, as well as scathing critiques of Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, and Mother Teresa. Most recently, he wrote the book on atheism, "God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," and edited "The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever." A contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a frequent commentator on C-SPAN, he also writes regularly for The Atlantic, The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, Harper's Magazine, Slate, and The New York Review of Books.

Customer Reviews

Spirited debate!

I listened to the debate in it's entirety and found the arguments presented by both sides to be interesting, backed by data and experience, and seemingly valid to the extent that they would hold weight as a solid hypothesis.

Christopher H. (CH) argues his points much like a disgruntled old man would when speaking with a teenager who'd just toilet papered his house, and this lack of respect, interruptions (especially toward the end), and overall dismissiveness of many of Peter Hitchens' (PH) points and questions.

PH argues with a little more candor but doesn't have the constant, unnerving resolve that his older brother has.

CH controls the majority of the debate, especially during the audience q/a. Both sides are entertaining, witty and sarcastic. Both have invested a lot of time into the subject matter and it shows.

Opinion: CH validates his position on all the topics with charisma and historical data. PH brings reasonable doubt to most of those positions.