The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

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 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
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780306816086
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    The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever Reviews

  • Paul Bryant

    THE UNAPPEALING ATHEIST PROPOSITIONOne 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 catc...

  • Tara

    The Portable Atheist is a compilation of rather intriguing, incisive material, primarily essays, written by a variety of famed skeptics throughout the ages. Below is a link to the book’s table of co...

  • Joshua Stein

    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 pa...

  • Tiffany

    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 contr...

  • Michael

    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 favorin...

  • Usha

    Christopher Hitchens does not do anything lightly. This is full on conversion therapy, an intellectual ambush on the believers and the doubtful. He presents daunting critical reasoning and analysis wr...

  • Vanja Antonijevic

    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 und...

  • Mikey B.

    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 n...

  • Ben

    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 sta...

  • Sandy b

    Religion is the most perverse ,dangerous and destructive force in the world,and even God,s favorite David of the bible implored: open mine eyes lord, so that I will know thee with my heart ,mind ,and ...