- ISBN 9780306816086 / 0306816083
- Title The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
- Author Christopher Hitchens
- Category Religion: General
- Format Paperback
- Year 2007
- Pages 499
- Publisher Da Capo Press
- Imprint Da Capo Press Inc
- Language English
- Dimensions 155mm x 36mm x 235mm
Hitchens, acclaimed journalist and bestselling author of “God Is Not Great,” selects and introduces an illuminating collection of the most essential and influential writings for the non-believer, including selections from Charles Darwin, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Dawkins, and others.
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.
“Hitchens has returned to the Belief Wars backed by a full army...the Godless Warrior marshals in an Atheist A-Team...to buttress his own arguments...Hitchens is the guide as well as the commentartor linking it all together.”—“San Diego Tribune”
Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to “Vanity Fair.” His numerous books include “Letters to a Young Contrarian” and “Why Orwell Matters.”