He is mean, once more, to Mother Teresa of Calcutta.(" ' Fahrenheit 9/11' is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity.") He is mean to Presidents Kennedy and Clinton. He is mean to Mayor Bloomberg and, much to his own amusement, sets about flouting all those strange little laws that govern public behavior in New York, a city he loves.
HE then wrote two articles, included at the end of this book, that represent a low point in his long career.
In October 2001, when he visited Pakistan, all his subtlety and street wisdom left him, all his wit was gone.
Like all polemicists, Hitchens is happiest when he has an enemy and least happy when he is most content.
Thus the weakest piece in this book is his account of a journey along Route 66, which he seemed to enjoy, despite wearing pink socks.
On this trip he was not, he might have been the first to point out, in any sense a smart reporter. Local people are getting used to the sight of professional young American women, white and black and Hispanic, efficiently on patrol.
His Iraq, after its liberation from Saddam Hussein, was a place Orwell would have been proud of. Police cadets are receiving instruction in civil and human rights."Hitchens is brave to reproduce these observations, written in the heat of battle.He is not shy about sharing his opinions with us on Borges, whom he met, Kingsley Amis, whom he knew, and Saul Bellow, whom he reveres.He rates "The Adventures of Augie March" over "The Great Gatsby." He writes with old-fashioned warmth about Byron, Joyce, Greene and Waugh, and with some acuity about the problem of translating Proust.Their operational skills are reconstruction, liaison with civilian forces, the cultivation of intelligence and the study of religion and ethnicity." He goes on: "Intelligence officers told me even then that they were getting more raw information than they could sift or process, and were being scrupulous in screening out tips that might involve grudges or revenge.This is, in every sense, a smart army."There was a time when Hitchens would have pounced on the above quotation, enjoying its foolishness.: Bob Dylan's achievement -- I fought the law in Bloomberg's New York -- For Patriot dreams -- Martha Inc. The essays he wrote in these years also display his interest in moving away from polemic and politics to write about the literature he loves."I did not, I wish to state, become a journalist because there was no other ‘profession' that would have me.I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information." Love, Poverty and War: Journeys and Essays showcases America's leading polemicist's rejection of consensus and cliché, whether he's reporting from abroad in Indonesia, Kurdistan, Ir"I did not, I wish to state, become a journalist because there was no other ‘profession' that would have me. Although more than a dozen of these articles appeared before 9/11, "Love, Poverty, and War" is nonetheless overshadowed by that day and by Hitchens's response to it. THIS collection of Christopher Hitchens's journalism, written for a number of publications between 19, is an interesting and varied showcase of his work as a polemicist, a reporter and a literary critic.