Books Recommended by Christopher Hitchens
The Collected Works of P. G. Wodehouse
Source: "How can I forget the moment when [I] learned that to be amusing was not to be frivolous and that language—always the language—was the magic key as much to prose as to poetry?" - Christopher Hitchens
The Gulag Archipelago (3 books)
Source: "Once [the author] succeeded in getting [this series printed], it became obvious that something terminal had happened to the edifice of Soviet power." - Christopher Hitchens
This Was the Old Chief's Country
Collected African Stories
Source: "[Combines] the sad indistinctness of a melancholy memoir with the very exact realization that a huge injustice had been done to the 'native' inhabitants of the land." - Christopher Hitchens
The Raj Quartet
The Jewel in the Crown, The Day of the Scorpion
Source: "Had spoken to my depths because it understood that the treason at midnight in 1947, and the monstrous birth of a spoiled theocracy in Pakistan, was a tragedy for the English too." - Christopher Hitchens
How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World
Edward W. Said
Source: "It was with [the author's] much lesser effort, [this book], that I began to realize that there was an apparently narrow but very deep difference between us." - Christopher Hitchens
The Sword of Honour Trilogy
Men at Arms, Officers and Gentlemen & Unconditional Surrender
Source: "When you read [this trilogy], you will straightaway notice that the veterans of the first world war are the instructors of the novices of the second world war." - Christopher Hitchens
The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend
Source: "The narrator of [this book] is relating his story against the clock, as the German homeland finds itself pulverized and encircled in the spring of 1945." - Christopher Hitchens
A Dance to the Music of Time
Source: "When you read [this book], you will straightaway notice that the veterans of the first world war are the instructors of the novices of the second world war." - Christopher Hitchens
A Struggle for Power
The American Revolution
Source: "A very good history of the general events without which the American Revolution couldn't have taken place or would have taken a different form." - Christopher Hitchens
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