HITCHENS VS. BLAIR: BE IT RESOLVED RELIGION IS A FORCE FOR GOOD IN THE WORLD (THE MUNK DEBATE ON RELIGION) - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First Edition/First Printing - ONLY COPY OF THE TRUE FIRST EDITION ONLINE

Hitchens, Christopher & Blair, Tony (Authors) & Griffiths, Rudyard (Editor)

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1st Printing. 82 pages. Published in 2011. The most complete record of the live debate on subject. One of the most important cultural and literary events of our time. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. The book was published as an "afterthought", in mid-2011, since the debate was broadcast live and is widely available online in several edited versions online. The First Edition is now rare. Published to commemorate the landmark Munk Debate On Religion between Christopher Hitchens and Tony Blair, held before a live audience of several thousand people and millions of viewers on BBC on November 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Presents "Hitchens Versus Blair". It will be regarded by posterity as one of the greatest public debates of our time. Two formidable public intellectual/personalities discuss religion in a way that is perhaps just not possible elsewhere. The book also includes transcripts of the post-debate assessments by Hitchens and Blair (in separate interviews) that appear in book form for the very first time. "Sharp, provocative, and thoroughly engrossing. A rigorous and electrifying intellectual sparring match" (Publisher's blurb). Hitchens was unyielding to the end, repeating his argument in "God Is Not Great" (2007) that the politically correct distinction between "moderate" believers and "extremist" fundamentalists, whether Christian, Jewish, or Muslim, is false because every religion, if the believer were truly to embrace its teachings rather than conveniently pick and choose, is essentially irrational, fanatical, and ultimately insane. For Blair, the latter attributes describe human nature itself, not religion per se. He points out how faith has helped make us aware of these, and as such, has precisely made a positive, "force-for-good" difference in people's lives throughout history. To his credit, Blair acknowledges (when he could have defended, rationalized, or denied outright) that unspeakable evil has been and continues to be committed in religion's name. In the post-debate public vote, Hitchens, hoarse and dying of cancer, yet undaunted and witty as ever, won by a landslide. That was no surprise. What was surprising was how eloquently Tony Blair made his case. The man who will be identified with Bush and the Iraq War that disastrously ended his once-brilliant political career came across as sincere, honest, and compassionate, a diminished yet somehow sympathetic figure. An absolute "must-have" title for Christopher Hitchens and Tony Blair collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. Two of the most influential public intellectual/figures of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1770890084. Bookseller Inventory #

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