For nearly four decades, Christopher Hitchens has been telling us, in pitch-perfect prose, what we confront when we grapple with first principles -- the principles of reason and tolerance and skepticism that define and inform the foundations of our civilization -- principles that, to endure, must be defended anew by every generation. Here, in "Arguably," he invites readers to take a seat at a democratic conversation, to be engaged, and to be reasoned with. Astute, vivid, and uninhibited, Hitchens sets a standard for the essayist that has rarely been matched in our time. What emerges in this indispensible volume is an intellectual self-portrait of a writer with an exemplary steadiness of purpose and a love affair with the delights and seductions of the English language, a man anchored in a profound and humane vision of the human longing for reason and justice.
About the Author
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS was a contributing editor to "Vanity Fair," "Slate," and "The Atlantic," and authored numerous books, including works on Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and George Orwell. He was also the author of "God is Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" and "Hitch-22: A Memoir." He died in December 2011.