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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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Synopsis: Intellectual juggernaut and staunch atheist Christopher Hitchens goes head-to-head with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, one of the Western world’s most openly devout political leaders, on the highly charged topic of religion. Few world leaders have had a greater hand in shaping current events than Blair; few writers have been more outspoken and polarizing than Hitchens. Here they square off on the contentious questions that continue to dog the topic of religion in our globalized world: How does faith influence our actions? What is the role of people of faith in the public sphere? Is religious doctrine rigid, or should we allow for flexibility in our interpretations? First debated in 2010 and now available in print form for the first time, the book includes candid interviews post-debate interviews with Hitchens and Blair. Sharp, provocative, and thoroughly engrossing, Hitchens vs. Blair is a rigorous and electrifying intellectual sparring match. Two formidable minds. One powerfully charged debate.

About the Author: Christopher Hitchens is a journalist and the author of twenty books, including the international bestselling book God is Not Great. He is a regular contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic Monthly, and Slate. His writing has also appeared in the Weekly Standard, the National Review, and The Independent, and he has made television appearances on The Daily Show, Charlie Rose, and Real Time with Bill Maher. He was named one of the world’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy and Britain’s Prospect. His most recent book is the memoir Hitch-22. Christopher Hitchens lives in Washington, D.C.

Tony Blair was prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. Since leaving office, he has served as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East, representing the U.S., the UN, Russia, and the EU. In 2008 he launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which promotes respect and understanding among the major religions. He is also the founder of the Africa Governance Initiative, an organization that works with leaders and their governments on policy delivery and on attracting sustainable investment in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Tony Blair lives in London, U.K.

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