Hitch 22 | 10 Non-fiction Books

A friend recently posted this

10 NON-FICTION BOOKS, 10 DAYS:

Post the covers of 10 non-fiction books that impacted you profoundly and forever changed your life. No explanation necessary. Then nominate one person each day to do the same.

He nominated me on his first day and now i’ll record reviews of those 10 books and add more as they come to me. Hope you enjoy

I really admire the mind of Hitchens.

His presentation, confidence and mannerisms. Had some questions around the good without God proposition that I was trying to answer. His books, debates and conversations about the supernatural as well as others from Dawkins, Harris etc helped me immensely. One or two may make this list after this.

This memoir as expected gives a look into the man behind the myth-breaker. Seeing these things made me better able to deal with my personal experiences after seeing what he made of the ones he was willing to share.

What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition.”

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“I once spoke to someone who had survived the genocide in Rwanda, and she said to me that there was now nobody left on the face of the earth, either friend or relative, who knew who she was. No one who remembered her girlhood and her early mischief and family lore; no sibling or boon companion who could tease her about that first romance; no lover or pal with whom to reminisce. All her birthdays, exam results, illnesses, friendships, kinships—gone. She went on living, but with a tabula rasa as her diary and calendar and notebook. I think of this every time I hear of the callow ambition to ‘make a new start’ or to be ‘born again’: Do those who talk this way truly wish for the slate to be wiped? Genocide means not just mass killing, to the level of extermination, but mass obliteration to the verge of extinction. You wish to have one more reflection on what it is to have been made the object of a ‘clean’ sweep? Try Vladimir Nabokov’s microcosmic miniature story ‘Signs and Symbols,’ which is about angst and misery in general but also succeeds in placing it in what might be termed a starkly individual perspective. The album of the distraught family contains a faded study of Aunt Rosa, a fussy, angular, wild-eyed old lady, who had lived in a tremulous world of bad news, bankruptcies, train accidents, cancerous growths—until the Germans put her to death, together with all the people she had worried about.”

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“The one thing that the racist can never manage is anything like discrimination: he is indiscriminate by definition.”

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