Christopher Hitchens


"Arguably" was one of the last books published by Christopher Hitchens and was released in 2011. This novel consisted of a total of 107 essays by Hitchens, spanning a large amount of cultural and political topics that he had expounded upon in different magazines and debates throughout the years. It is also in this novel that readers can get a glimpse of several of the introductions that Hitchens wrote for new editions of a few classic novels, such as "Our Man in Havana" and "Animal Farm". Many of the essays in this novel were written as reviews for other novels, including his thoughts on "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J.K. Rowling, as well as "Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War", which was written by Pat Buchanan. The novel is the longest that Hitchens had published, measuring at nearly 800 pages.

The well over 100 essays are divided into 6 sections. These sections are titled "All American", which focuses on political and historical figures of the U.S., "Eclectic Affinities", which covers Hitchens thoughts on other literary figures like George Orwell and Karl Marx, "Amusements, Annoyances and Disappointments", which includes some of the more controversial essays by Hitchens, "Offshore Accounts", which delves deep into current politics and political conflicts, "Legacies of Totalitarianism", which takes a detailed look at some of the more influential figures of the first half of the 19th century and "Words' Worth", which includes many of Hitchens essays on culture and language. Critics and fans alike showered this collection of essays with praise, saying that it included an endless amount of witty and well written dialogue and was exceedingly exhaustive for a book of its kind.