The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever by Christopher Hitchens

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Read The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever Online Free - 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 can.” (Los Angeles Times)

Atheist? Believer? Uncertain? No matter: The Portable Atheist will speak to you and engage you every step of the way.

Title : The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
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ISBN : 0306816083
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 525 pages


Paul rated it ★★★☆☆

February 09, 2015

THE UNAPPEALING ATHEIST PROPOSITION One early medieval story says that humans are like a bird who flies in one window of a great hall where a vast banquet is in progress. The bird only has time to catch a glimpse of all the festivities before it flies out of the other window. That’s us : we rapidl...

Joshua rated it ★★★★★

September 24, 2008

Hitchens is one of the wittiest men of our time, and as a great writer, his taste is impeccable. I love reading essays and short pieces, but it becomes a problem when I find collections that I don't particularly like, because I don't want to buy a collection for a single essay. That is not a proble...

Michael rated it ★★★☆☆

January 14, 2008

I would not call myself an atheist, but a some of what is collected in this book rings true to me. However, like most atheist philosophy there is much to be desired. Much of the counter-points favoring the non-existence of god(s) can be boiled down into: 1) God does not exist because there is no e...

Tiffany rated it ★★★☆☆

August 10, 2016

Loved the guy. He lived in my neighborhood and lumbered around like a bear that had been poked by a stick. I've been following him since the 80's when he contributed regularly to The Nation. His contributions to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy and Prospect were invaluable, his prose ini...

Vanja rated it ★★★★★

December 09, 2008

Although, as can only be expected, it is missing some crucial works, and allows for only small excerpts of others, it an excellent collection overall. The first third of the book will allow you to understand the philosophical intellectual history of atheism/agnosticism (Lucretius (c. 60 BCE ), Ho...

Mikey B. rated it ★★★★☆

January 22, 2015

Page 363 (my book) St. Augustine “There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the disease of curiosity. It is this which drives us to try and discover the secrets of nature which are beyond our understanding, which can avail us nothing, and which man should not wish...

Jenifer rated it ★★★☆☆

January 21, 2008

Christopher Hitchens, why so angry? This is an interesting collection of essays, fiction, articles and arguments, compiled by the acidic and immature Hitchens. When Hitchens is NOT speaking, this proves evocative reading. When he is, it's annoying - like listening to a teenage girl on a cell phon...

Todd rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 01, 2011

The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever is a collection of essays by various authors who have addressed the topic of atheism and/or agnosticism throughout the years. Although there are a few gems to be found (Hitchen’s introduction, essays by Sigmund Freud and Mark Twain,...

Ben rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 06, 2009

Although I am certainly not an atheist, I enjoyed the book. Liked having a selection of "Atheist" readings with the additional comments of the author, a renowned atheist himself. I gave the book 3 stars because, well, not being an atheist, I found the book lacking on several levels. First, the wo...

James rated it ★★★★☆

July 05, 2012

The late Christopher Hitchens was a tremendous wit and man of letters, as well as an effective political and religious polemicist. This is a collection of some of the greatest Atheistic, or at least skeptical writings, selected and abridged by Hitchens with short introductions to each as well as...

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